Teenager Jake Dugan creates Bath City Boxing Club history with amateur win
Teenager Jake Dugan created a piece of history for Bath City Boxing Club when he triumphed over Luke Gormley in the hostile environment of Henbury Social Club.
The 18-year-old former Beechen Cliff schoolboy was the first amateur to represent Bath in the ring since the days of the old Percy Boys Club and produced a winning performance to make his watching coaches, family and friends proud.
Brushing aside the pre-contest nerves during the introductions, Dugan settled in to the action straight away.
Round one started with the Bath boy using his rapier jab to pierce the defence of his opponent, following it with punishing straight right hands.
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When on the defensive he showed the matured skills of a senior championship boxer, moving to both sides by using his quick footwork. With the slightest of head movement he was able to counter his opponent with his left hand on a regular basis.
A couple of solid rights landed with devastating effect, leaving the referee no option but to give a standing eight count to Gormley. With a bloody nose to end the first round with many ringside observers could sense the end was imminent.
Dugan started the second round on the front foot as he could see Gormley wilting under the relentless pressure. Another barrage of lefts and rights was interrupted briefly by the referee, who inspected Gormley’s condition before resuming the contest.
With Gormley becoming overwhelmed, the referee stopped the action for the final time and history was written in the memoirs of the fledgling Bath club.
Bath City coach Sean Jenkins said: “The future of the club looks to be a busy one as more inspired young boxers wait in the wings for their opportunity to perform their skills, bringing some much needed headlines for amateur boxing back to Bath.”