Vale of Belvoir boxer Stannard makes stylish senior debut

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Highly-rated up-and-coming boxer Stan Stannard produced the most polished performance of his fledgling career to defeat an experienced and dangerous opponent.

Stannard, from Harby, was in action at Meadow Lane, home of Notts County FC on Friday where he was pitted against Barnsley Star ABA’s Callum Simpson who boasted a record of 26 wins from 33 fights.

The evening marked new territory for the Vale of Belvoir boxer who made his senior debut and faced his first bout without a headguard.

The four-round contest was Stannard’s 17th fight in total, and it began at a blistering pace with both men exchanging telling punches.

But Stannard settled into his rhythm quicker and kept his opponent on the defensive with fast movement and accurate jabs. Simpson finished the round with a flurry of punches, working well inside the clinches.

The second round saw both boxers take a more measured approach, while maintaining a high level of activity, but Stannard produced the more accurate and telling punches with Simpson working well inside.

The high work rate continued from both fighters in round three, and Simpson began the final two minutes throwing lots of punches.

But Stannard moved well and picked his opponent off with effective jabbing and counter-punching, and the final bell was greeted by rapturous applause from the large crowd.

The judges all scored the fight 39-37 in Stan’s favour for a fine unanimous points win.