SATURDAY NIGHT SAW boxing return to Mathry for the first time in over 30 years.
Mathry Hall was packed out to watch this amateur boxing show, promoted by Cardigan Boxing Gym, when a number local boxers really turned on the style. The crowd was excellent all evening and got behind every boxer.
In the second bout Merlins Bridge boxer Alex O’Sullivan had a partisan full house behind him. Coming from a very well associated boxing family, Alex was really focused. Son of former Welsh amateur boxing champion Wayne, and Moira O’Sullivan, and nephew of Chris, he certainly showed he had the family gift.
Trained by the renowned Graham Brockway, of Merlins Bridge Amateur Boxing Club, and having his dad in his corner, he gave an excellent performance, showing skill and strength and was never in any trouble. Alex won the fight by a unanimous decision, and in only his second fight he also won the boxer of the night award. This is a tremendous accolade for someone so early in their career.
Bout five, and fighting out of Cardigan Boxing Gym, saw Mathry’s very own Thomas Morris take to the ring. Son of former Letterston boxer Phil Morris, Tom wanted to impress the home crowd.
This was the best fight of the night and both boxers equalled each other out in the early stages. Both strong and tough, this was a very close encounter and the Mathry crowd knew the decision could go either way, and with baited breath they waited for the result.
When the judges’ cards were in, the verdict was a split decision, but the hand of Thomas Morris was raised to the loudest roar that Mathry Hall had heard since Phil had won there over 30 years ago.
Another local boy took part in the 9th bout. Dylan Davies (14) from St Davids is the first boxer to come from the Davies family he has an impressive record of eight fights with five wins under his belt.
Dylan, son of Benny, had to wait anxiously for his opponent to arrive as he was late. Dylan has a fine technique, fast and a good right hand, which was put to good use in the third round when he caught his opponent with a right hook only for the bell to save him from a standing count. By a unanimous decision Dylan’s hand was raised.