Guernsey Press

Stage is set for a memorable return

BOXING is back in the big hall at Beau Sejour on Saturday night.

Casey de la Mare will top the bill at Saturday night's Open Show in the Sir John Loveridge Hall at Beau Sejour. (Picture by Luke Le Prevost, 31405530)

Many of Guernsey’s best – minus Commonwealth Games man Billy Le Poullain – will take on RAF and Army opponents in a 14-bout programme in the Sir John Loveridge Hall, which will be hosting its first show in nearly three years.

This includes Casey de la Mare topping the bill for the second time this year, having dispatched ex-professional Jamie Way to win the bout of the night at March’s show.

‘Casey’s worked hard over the summer and really wants to give his best this season,’ Guernsey Amalgamated Boxing Club head coach Ben Duff said.

‘Casey’s a very experienced boxer, and his sharp reflexes and counter-punching style is great viewing for the technical side of boxing.’

Super-flyweight national development finalist Tommy Teers will again be among the main attractions.

He is looking to settle the score against the Army’s Josh Millington, against whom he has won once and lost once previously in close, split-decision duels.

‘This will be the trilogy and what I’m expecting to be another cracker, with both lads having a point to prove and get ahead of the other,’ Duff said.

On the other end of the scale, super-heavyweight Dan Maree is making a comeback.

Maree has not boxed since before the first Covid lockdown and Duff has highlighted his ability to put on a good show.

‘Dan is never in a dull fight, and his “take a punch to give a punch” approach has always been good entertainment.’

Two other fan favourites, Cameron Hards and Ruslan Gogercaks, are also on the card.

Both bring a following with them and, having developed well in recent months, are looking forward to putting on a performance.

Middleweight Martins Kublickis is making his second appearance after a thrilling debut one year ago.

Fortunate spectators might remember an out-and-out war last October, where both boxers received several counts.

Scott Little lines up a third time, with his previous appearances both being bout-of-the-night contenders.

Little has been training hard over the summer and has improved technically and tactically.

On the women’s side, Emma Martin is making her debut – aged 40.

She has only until her 41st birthday to compete in standard amateur boxing, but Duff has been quite impressed.

‘Her discipline and dedication has been fantastic and she’s got herself into great shape for this contest against an RAF opponent.’

Finn Walsh and Arnie Watson are both on the line-up.

Walsh, the son of all-time star Matt, has won both his first two competitions and is developing nicely into an all-round capable boxer, Duff says.

‘I believe his natural talent, with his excellent commitment levels, will take him far in this sport.’

Duff has similar belief in Watson, who has shown improved dedication in training recently, resulting in better performance, fitness and conditioning.

‘Arnie has fantastic hand speed and has potential to go far in the sport if he can maintain the hard work.’

Juniors Larsson Doherty, Kody Damaille, Jaycee Palmer and Eli Cole are all making their debuts.

Tickets and tables are still available online or from Beau Sejour.