TAUNTON’S Blueflames Amateur Boxing Club had their first away trip of the new season on Saturday night when they travelled to Barton Hill ABC in Bristol.

First into the ring was Taunton schoolboy Tommy Heyburn, up against Barton Hill's Tommy Dolan.

Heyburn, known for his all-out aggressive boxing style, was straight onto the front foot from the bell, pushing his opponent back onto the ropes, although in his eagerness was getting caught by some clean shots from the Bristol boxer.

Heyburn never stopped throwing punches for the next two rounds and his heart for the bout was never in doubt.

Unfortunately the judges deemed his opponent to have scored with the cleaner punches, therefore awarding him with the decision.

Next to the ring for the Blueflames was Royal Marine Barry Tate, up against another Barton Hill boxer Ashley Debar.

Ashley, at six foot six inches, had a large height and reach advantage over the Taunton boxer but Tate did well to overcome this with some tidy boxing and footwork.

The first round saw the Bristol boxer try to use his long reach to keep the Taunton marine at bay, but with some nice slipping Tate managed to get close enough to land a few flurries of punches, all catching Debar clean.

Tate upped the pressure and midway through the second round, after several clean punches landed, the referee jumped in to give the Bristol lad a standing count.

In round three, Tate again landed with the better punches and gained the judges winning decision.

A return bout for Barry Tate and Ashley Debar will be on Friday, November 8 when Blueflames ABC hold their first show of the new boxing season at Wellsprings sports centre.

Boxing is due to commence at 7pm, with 16 Blueflames boxers participating.

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for juniors.

Tickets can be bought on the night at the door, or to avoid disappointment they can be reserved by ringing 07702 713429.