Barnstaple ABC boxer Steph Ward tops the bill on her debut
STEPH WARD, Barnstaple ABC's only active female boxer, travelled down from Leeds University to make her long-awaited debut at a show in Chelmsford.
Unusually for a beginner, she found herself at the top of the bill, taking on home favourite Jen Davis at the Marconi Club.
The stage suited both boxers who produced a rousing contest, both enjoying dominant spells in front of an appreciative crowd.
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Davis started on the front foot and Ward, with the taller stance, responded with rangy jabs and right hands for a strong finish.
The majority decision went to the home boxer but Ward picked up the trophy for best away boxer of the night.
A rematch is expected at the Barnstaple ABC show at Roundswell Community Centre on February 23. Tickets, at £8, are available from Barnstaple ABC, the Corner House or by calling Mark Simpson on 07749 231121.