BOXING: TWO boxers who displayed their skills on the international stage gave stunning exhibitions closer to home.
Liam Kavanagh, 25, and Robert Crewe, 16, won medals at a major tournament in Scandinavia at the end of last year and have since put the experience to good use.
Both Widnes fighters secured impressive victories in their latest bouts in Warrington, where the duo now train.
Kavanagh and Fairfield High School's Crewe have enjoyed excellent seasons at Phoenix Olympic Boxing Centre in William Beaumont Community Sports College.
Lightweight Crewe beat a tough opponent in Adam Jarvis of Manchester, who was heavier, taller and three times as experienced.
The teenager dominated with fast, straight shots and produced excellent defensive skills under pressure from Jarvis, of Nichols Police ABC.
Robert's coaches Liam Rid-path and Billy Topping said: 'It was a really mature performance from Rob and he can get even better.
'If he reproduces his gym form then the world is his oyster.'
Welterweight Kavanagh, meanwhile, boxed brilliantly against Stephen Maylett of the Northside club in Manchester.
The performance earned him the boxer-of-the-night award from officials.
Crewe and Kavanagh, who won an ABA National Senior Novices title at light-welter, returned with silvers from the Hancock Box Cup, held before Christmas in Skive, Denmark.
Representing their club, both won through to the finals on the last day of three.
Unfortunately, Crewe was injured in the semi-final as he beat home countryman Jesper Christensen.
He damaged a thumb at the start of the bout but convincingly overcame his shorter, stocky opponent 13-2 despite hardly being able to use his right hand. Sadly, Crewe wasn't fit enough to contest the final.
Kavanagh, meanwhile, was the victim of a controversial points decision in the final against another Danish fighter, international Hassan Zamzam, who has recently fought in the Olympic qualifiers. The 23-5 verdict in the Dane's favour outraged even the locals.