Power's on his way in ABAs with Western Counties title challenge
PAIGNTON ABC middleweight Liam Power is fighting for the Western Counties ABA title this weekend after winning the Three Counties crown.
Power, who was recently selected for England squad training, will travel to Bristol for the Western Counties final on Sunday, after capturing the Three Counties strap in Blandford Forum, Dorset, last Saturday.
Power was too strong for Lympstone ABC's Jared Jones in the 75kg final, with the referee eventually waving off the bout in the second round after Jones had been issued with several warnings for holding.
Power took ring centre from the first bell and controlled the pace and scoring with quality placed shots.
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Whenever Power got in close Jones would hold to prevent the Paignton boxer from working on the inside, and this led to a public warning for the Dorset man.
In the second round Power let go with a left hook that connected with Jones, which led to another warning for holding. When wobbled again after a well-timed right cross, Jones grabbed again to keep himself upright but this time the referee had seen enough and waved it off awarding the bout to Power.
The previous night, Jake Abrahams was also in action, representing Devon against 29 Commando in a team match held at The Royal Citadel in Plymouth.
Abrahams took on Sterling Hall and took another victory by technical knockout when the referee waved off the contest in the third round.
Hall had started well picking up points from his accurate jab but towards the end of the first round Abrahams managed to get in close and score with two hooks to the body and an uppercut up through the middle.
In round two, Hall boxed off the back foot to try to take advantage of the larger-sized ring which worked until Abrahams caught up with him and unloaded some heavy shots which forced a standing eight count.
The third round was a game of cat and mouse until Abrahams caught his opponent again, and with Hall in trouble the referee waved it off seconds before the final bell.
Also in action recently was 16-year-old Shane Medlan, who represented Devon in a team match against Cornwall at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay.
Medlan took on Kline Rutherford from St Ives Bay ABC, and gave away height (Rutherford is over 6ft tall), almost 2kg in weight, and experience – Rutherford having his 12th bout compared to Shane's fifth.
But Medlan did not let these factors affect his performance, and took another win by knockout in a bout which lasted just a minute and 42 seconds.
Medlan immediately got in close so as not to give Rutherford room to box, and soon trapped his man on the ropes and unleased an array of shots. The final one sank into Rutherford's ribs, dropping him for a count of six.
As soon as the action started again Medlen found the same spot with a crunching left hook to the body which dropped Rutherford for the full count taking Medlan's tally to five wins from five fights, four of them by way of knockout.