ST OSYTH Boxing Club continued their season with two junior contests at a dinner show near Gatwick Airport.

Stepping into the ring for the first time in a skills contest was George Buckland. Showing no sign of nerves, he started well, showing he has learned a lot from the club's coaching.

He displayed good jabs and followed up with strong combinations.

Buckland did not get it all his own way, with his opponent coming forward consistently and displaying his strength and resilience.

The well-matched bout ended as it should, with both boxers learning from their experience in front of a large crowd.

Next up was Ashley Upchurch.

His bout started with him selecting to throw double jabs and moving well.

His opponent was a good fighter but Upchurch used the ring well and his workrate allowed him to throw two to three times as many punches.

Then came a change of plan from the corner as he was asked to hold the centre of the ring and try to dominate from there.

These skills bouts are about learning ring craft and provide an opportunity to try the sport without the pressure of winning or losing.

Both boys did a fantastic job and should be proud of their performances.

St Osyth Boxing Club are still growing and have many more novices coming through.

There are also some interesting senior bouts booked in the calendar before the end of the season.