BLUEFLAMES ABC had another busy and successful weekend of boxing, writes Dale Nixon.

The action started on Friday night at Whitchurch, Bristol, with Taunton schoolboy James Watts up against Whitchurch’s Matthew Hughes.

The first two rounds were very close, with nothing between the two boxers, but in round three the Taunton boxer really upped his workrate, constantly keeping the Bristol lad on the back foot.

Two of the three judges decided that the home town boxer had won the first two rounds, giving Hughes the majority decision in a result that was so close it could have easily gone either way.

Next in the ring was Blueflames’ Tom Whitworth against Bristol boxer Mitchell Kelaway.

It didn’t take Whitworth too long to find his range against Kelaway, catching him several times early on with solid punches, forcing the referee to jump in and give the Bristol youngster a standing count in the first minute of the bout.

Kelaway came back well making Whitworth work hard the whole three rounds, although the winning decision always looked to be the Taunton lad’s for the taking.

All three judges agreed, giving Whitworth the win by unanimous decision.

On Saturday night, it was a trip to Weymouth for Owen Tate, for his first full bout, against Weymouth boxer Flynn Drummond.

Tate put on a polished performance for a lad having his first bout and used his long jab to keep the Weymouth lad at bay, several times pushing his opponent back onto the ropes with a barrage of punches.

The cleaner punches were landed by the Taunton boxer, and the decision rightfully went his way, with all three judges coming to the same conclusion.

All three Blueflames boxers did the Taunton club proud with great performances and sportsmanship.

With 22 boxers having competed this season in only the first two months, Blueflames ABC are fast becoming recognised as one of the most active amateur boxing clubs in the west of England.

This weekend sees a trip to Torrington for Blueflames boxers Anya Wilson, Tommy Heyburn and, once again, Owen Tate, who hopes to record wins for two weekends in a row.