NEWPORT Phoenix Boxing Club got their season off to a great start with Isle of Wight senior boxer Jack Murphy back to his winning ways. 

In what was a successful, but challenging bout, the 22-year-old earned a good points win over the current Western Counties champion, Cory Wildman, 20, at the Leigh Park Working Men's Club in Havant on Saturday.

Jack's opponent, who boxes out of Cambourne and Redruth Boxing Club, in Cornwall, started the contest very strongly — on the front foot, slipping Jack's straight shots and countering well to the body.

But Jack's dedication to his training ensured he came back stronger, boxing to his instructions, to take the second and final rounds.

Even more pleasing for Jack was his selection to box for the Southern Counties against Islington, as part of a bill of top quality amateur boxing, at the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square, London, on Friday, November 10.

On Sunday, Newport Phoenix junior, Archie Jarvine, who attends the Island Free School, made his debut in the boxing ring in a 'skill' bout at the famous York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London.

Archie's opponent Zac Dabinett, of Crewkerne Boxing Club, travelled from Somerset to set up a very even bout.

"It was a good learning experience for both 13-year-olds to start their boxing future," said Phoenix coach, Mike Voisey.

"Archie boxed very well — showing great skills in front of a big crowd. 

"This will inspire Archie and give him confidence to keep up his dedication to his training to push for his first full bout."