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Army Win Back Inter Services Boxing Title

The Royal Navy were aiming to defend their title against the Army and the RAF.

The Army have successfully completed their mission to regain the Inter Services Boxing title.

The 2019 UK Armed Forces Elite Boxing Championships were hosted by the Navy, who won the title last year.

HMS Nelson's gym, a glass-roofed former drill shed, provided a grand backdrop to the boxing finals, which featured memorable moments, touching scenes and enough noise to raise the building’s fragile roof.

The Army dominated the bill in numbers and it was always going to be a tough night for the Navy and the RAF but, much to the delight of the spectators, the result was anything but a walk over.

Three out of the six titles decided on the night were won by the Army. Their RAF and Navy competitors had the unenviable task of trying to get past the long reach of the Army’s middle and heavyweight opponents who were also the tallest fighters in the competition.

The Army had been dominant champions for 34 years before last year's defeat to the Navy. (Picture: SBS Photography)

The RAF got off to flying start with Corporal Nathan Hall beating Marine Keiran Chapman in the opening 69kg Welterweight special contest.

It was RAF stars who took the first two title bouts of the night, with Ricki Lyon beating Shamim Khan in the bantamweight fight and Keiran Bailey retaining his welterweight title against Jordan Bracken.

The biggest cheers of the night were for the Navy's Brad Chapman. He got the win over Pete Love on a split decision after three gripping well-matched rounds.

Chapman is local to Portsmouth and he showed his overwhelming relief and emotion after winning in front of his home crowd and family.

This year’s finals proved third time lucky for the Army's Josh Plummer, who beat the RAF fighter Brad Axe in a tough match.

His victory was the vital win that meant the Army were crowned champions again.

The Navy’s final chances came in the form of Toby Osmond and McCormack ‘Faz’ Farrell who had a tough task ahead of them against the Army’s championship fighters.

Carnell Brown took the Light Heavyweight title after a brutal and thrilling fight against Osmond, while Natty Ngwenya took the final title of the night with Farrell putting up a good fight against the long reach and fast footwork of the former British Champion.

After a thrilling night of boxing, the Army regained the overall team title and the trophy was proudly collected Corporal Alanna Nihell, the first woman to captain the British Army Boxing Team.

If you want to watch a full replay of the Inter Services Championships, click the below video and watch from 28:10.

Article written by Kathy Azopardi, Forces Media Academy.