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Fighters from the Touch Gloves Boxing Gym take part in a special memorial event for Ed Bilbey at the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham





Logan Miller landed a gold medal for Touch Gloves Boxing Gym in a special memorial event.

Miller won the 63.5kg weight category at a competition in memory of Ed Bilbey at the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham.

Touch Gloves had four fighters in action at the three-day event which was held in memory of the young boxer who lost his life in the sport.

Logan Miller.
Logan Miller.

Riley Church, Sam Smith and Doug Sleeman made up the quartet who impressed their coaches with a fantastic display of boxing and how they all conducted themselves at the event.

They said: "We are really happy that the lads got to experience a great competition of boxing.

"Massive well done to Logan who had a period out before Christmas and has come back stronger from it by winning four of his last five bouts.

"A special mention goes out to Douglas on his amazing journey and body transformation for a whole new weight division and maintaining his weight has been inspiring."

More than 200 clubs from all over the country entered boxers with a team even travelling over from Norway.

It was a well organised event with some top experienced personnel involved and the feedback has been very positive with the boxing standard being high.

The quarter-finals saw Church first in action for Touch Gloves as he faced a shorter and aggressive fighter who boasted a record of 10 wins from his 11 bouts.

Church controlled his distance very well with some lovely straight shots landing but, as the rounds progressed, his opponent turned it into a trade off.

It was a challenge that Church didn't back down from but he narrowly lost out on a split decision as the bout went to the judges' scores.

Touch Glove coaches with Riley Church and Sam Smith.
Touch Glove coaches with Riley Church and Sam Smith.

Smith also bowed out at the quarter-final stage in the second bout of the night.

He started the fight with a lovely use of his jab and level changes of his punches brought variety.

As the bout entered the later rounds, his opponent used his height advantage and made Smith's job a lot harder by frustrating him which forced silly mistakes.

Miller was first up in his semi-final and he started the bout fast and aggressive by landing some eye-catching shots against his southpaw opponent.

Rounds two and three were very similar and, with the wind clearly in Miller's sails, he didn't give his opponent a chance to even think and claimed a unanimous victory to secure a spot in the finals.

Sleeman was also into the semi-finals and faced a taller opponent who tried to box at every opportunity he had.

Doug Sleeman.
Doug Sleeman.

However, the Touch Gloves fighter had different plans and, with his relentless come forward style, he didn't allow this to happen and claimed a unanimous victory.

Miller got the finals day underway and once again he was fast out the corner and got straight to work with some lovely head movements and relentless attacks.

He only had one thing on his mind and was winning the exchanges for all three rounds as both boxers gave their all.

It went to the judges' scorecards and Miller won by split decision to take the gold medal and become the Ed Bilbey champion at his weight.

Touch Gloves' second final of the day saw Sleeman step back into the ring and he started with a frantic pace that left his opponent on the back foot.

As the pace slowed down, his opponent started to show he was a smooth operator and very evasive customer.

Landing the eye-catching heavier shots during the second round and at the beginning of the third, the referee stopped the contest leaving Sleeman with the silver medal.



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