Glover takes centre stage and has Old Hall crowd on their feet with fine win
BILLY Glover took the chance to claim centre stage as Royal Oak played to a packed Gresley Old Hall in Swadlincote.
There was disappointment on the day of the show when the club's national champion, Connor Parker, withdrew because of illness but Glover took his chance to shine in a light-heavyweight bout against Ryan Barnacle of Exhall.
The 17-year-old showed his intentions from the first bell, working well to the body and landing solid combinations to the head to have the 400-strong crowd on its feet and take a unanimous victory.
Welterweight Callum Parker met Willenhall's Keelan Hainey for the third time and, having won one each previously, the Royal Oak 19-year-old went ahead in their series with a unanimous win.
After two years out of the ring, Brad Clarke made his return at heavyweight against Daniel Tyers (Northampton) and the 30-year-old looked sharp to take the decision.
It did not all go smoothly for the host club as light-heavyweight Ross Hollis was out-manoeuvred by Northampton's Jamie Gray and lost on a split decision.
Nerves seemed to get the better of 28-year-old novice Ross Tilley and after an uncertain start, he was sent to the canvas by a left hand from Mark Underwood (St George's) in the second round and the contest was over.
Swadlincote ABC had two boxers on the bill, with Andy Dowel edging an all-action heavyweight bout against Lukasz Katorski of Northampton, while Shane Simkin was beaten on his debut by another first-timer, Ibby Hussain of Sheffield.
There was a rematch for juniors Stanley Bull of Burton and James Green of Power Gym and it went the same way as their first meeting, with Bull the unanimous points winner.