WORCESTER City Amateur Boxing Club had mixed fortunes when they took four fighters to a tournament in Tewkesbury.

Recording two wins and two losses, the highlight for the club was the tremendous performance by junior Trent Smith, who beat Liam Loughan, of Hemel Hempstead. Loughan stands 6ft 2ins and at 60kgs he was always going to be a difficult test for Smith.

Using his reach advantage, Loughan picked off Smith with long jabs and it wasn’t until mid-way through the second round that Smith got to grips with his opponent.

Closing the gap with great speed, he tore into Loughan with powerful combinations. Alternating his attack from body to head, a determined Smith gave his opponent no rest.

There was no let-up during round three with the Worcester boxer in total control and, at the end of the best bout of the evening, the crowd rose to applaud both boxers with Smith taking the honours by a unanimous decision.

Featherweight Jon Roberts went up against John Rowley, of Burslem, and the Staffordshire southpaw edged in front at the end of the first round with some sharp counter-punching.

Roberts began to gather momentum in round two as the Burslem boy struggled to match the fitness and work-rate of his opponent.

Roberts continued to focus on body puches with Rowley guilty of holding.

Unable to cope with relentless onslaught of punches, the referee called a halt to proceedings in favour of Roberts after three public warnings were enough to disqualify a tired Rowley.

Worcester schoolboy Michael Cullen faced Martin Castle of Salisbury and the taller Cullen picked up points early on with his fast, straight punches.

Unfortunately, as the bout progressed, the stronger Castle raised his game.

Throwing punches from various angles he pushed Cullen all the way. At the final bell, Castle claimed a majority points win.

Junior Grant Attwood faced the experienced Ihsan Khan, of Slough. The latter used the ring well to evade Attwood's heavier punches.

The counter-punching Khan kept this tempo going throughout and was rewarded with a unanimous win.