IT WAS a night to remember for Deva Boxing Academy at their sold-out final show of the season.
Seven fighters from the thriving Saltney club appeared on the blockbuster Chester Racecourse bill – with all seven powering to victories.
A capacity 500 crowd in the Pavilion Suite were treated to bouts featuring top amateur talent from North Wales and Chester.
First up was Chester’s Callum Monger, who recorded his maiden win with a brave 42kg success.
Next up was Deva’s Sam Rigg.
Determined to bounce back from defeat in his last outing, Rigg got the nod on a split decision following a hard-fought contest with Tommy Cashmore of Meir ABC.
Classy Deva southpaw Jack Rogers then swept aside Aneel Yasin Butt of Hamer ABC in a 52kg encounter.
Rogers stuck to his boxing, keeping the fight at long range and using his full array of punches on his way to a unanimous decision.
Next into the ring was Deva’s Joe Rigg. After being out of action for two years because of injury, the returning Rigg did not want to disappoint. And in what was the performance of the night, he certainly did not.
Rigg was on fire, landing some heavy combinations and coming very close to stopping his opponent Jack Scragg of Meir ABC.
Deva club captain Mark Sullivan kept the run of wins going for the hosts when he got the better of the previously unbeaten Benjamin Douglas of Scots Grey ABC.
Sullivan worked like a Trojan and took a couple of heavy shots early on from the Nottingham prospect. But he regained his composure to come on strong and win on a split decision.
Then it was the turn of Deva’s Jamie Moss to face Matt McManus of Royal Oak and Baguely ABC for the second time this year.
Moss won May’s meeting between the pair so McManus was out for revenge.
The Mancunian started quickly but he struggled to cope with the pace set by Moss, whose fitness and more accurate punching came through when it mattered most, the 57kg ace winning on a unanimous decision.
Home favourite Mike Ashford followed clubmate Moss into the ring for a 72kg showdown with Matt Walton.
It was clear Ashford was too strong for Walton from the first round.
But the Meir ABC man battled on before being stopped in the second round, Ashford winning by TKO.
The last bout of the evening saw Deva debutant Kalid Mahdi going head-to-head with Damian Bialas of Derbylane ABC.
Mahdi gave away at least six inches in the 87kg clash but started strongly with some great inside work.
Bialas fought back, using his reach, but it was too little too late as Mahdi won on a split decision to make it a magnificent seven wins from seven for Deva.
Club secretary Mike Rigg said: “This was a fantastic night that proves hard work and dedication from the boxers, coaches and club members pays off.
“A big thank you goes out to coaches Allen and Jason Millet, matchmaker Neil Pickering for all his hard work, all the sponsors involved with the show and Chester Racecourse. Without these people involved these shows would not be possible.
“I’m very proud of all the boxers for doing Deva proud.”