Royal Navy Claims Historic Inter-Services Boxing Title

The Royal Navy's boxers are celebrating after a historic victory in Thursday's Inter-Services Boxing Championships...

The Royal Navy's boxers are celebrating after a historic victory in Thursday's Inter-Services Boxing Championships.

They ended a run of 34 years without a win and they did it at the home of Army boxing.

Like all the bouts in this - the best Inter-Services boxing competition in years - it was a hard-fought victory that won it, with Marine Kallum Radley having to be attended to twice by the doctors after the two men clashed. 

Both men fought a brutal fight, but the judges said Mne Radley had done just enough

For the first time in almost 20 years, the Navy had a full complement of boxers, and new coach Chris Smith knew he had the abilities in his team to match the Army in all weights except heavyweight.

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The Army's Lance Corporal Ryan Fillingham appeared on top for large portions of his match with Robbie Matthews, but the Navy diver did more, in the opinion of the judges.

Over the three rounds, he made his punches count, and he got the majority of a split vote.

The Navy's Engineering Technican (Marine Engineering) Luke Fisher and the RAF's Senior Aircraftman Tom Simpson also produced another brilliant contest at welterweight. 

SAC Simpson had seen his RAF teammates SAC Ricki Lyon and SAC Kieran Bailey see off strong Navy opponents in earlier bouts, and SAC Simpson gave ETME Fisher the toughest of examinations.

Again the judges were split in their opinions, only just giving the match to ETME Fisher.

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At middleweight, the Army's Guardsman Josh Plummer was desperate to make it third time lucky against Jack Stringer, of 45 Commando Royal Marines.

In arguably the closest bout of the night, both men fought to almost a standstill, and by the narrowest of margins, it was awarded to Mne Stringer.

The Navy could smell success, but the Army's LCpl John Marvin was in no mood to let the title slip on his watch.

The Southeast Asian Games gold medallist was too strong for Able Seaman Nathan Levers at light heavyweight; but whilst LCpl Marvin was given best boxer of the night, AB Levers was gracious in defeat. 

The Mne Radley v LCpl Holmes contest might have settled things, but when three-time English superheavyweight title winner LCpl Chez Nihell took to the ring against Leading Physical Trainer Joel Kirby, he was in no mood to let up.  

A fitting finale to the night, which Nihell won unanimously.

All the winners will now go onto compete at the ABA finals next month; for the Navy there'll be no sweeter feeling than this.

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