HARWICH Boxing Club, in conjunction with Colchester United, delivered their 15th annual winter show at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Leading the way for Harwich was welterweight Rio Gordon, in his contest against Fawaad Noor, from Finchley ABC.

The pair met over the three, three-minute round distance.

Gordon started in domineering fashion, switching attack from head to body and looking sharp.

His return to winning ways was endorsed further still when he forced two standing-eight counts in the last round, en route to an excellent unanimous points win.

Schoolboy Ethan Bird looked to score his second win in as many contests, as he faced Mason Ebbadge, from Kingfisher ABC, in Great Yarmouth.

The 13-year-old Harwich boxer started the contest at a furious pace and, over three rounds, ground down his Norfolk opponent, so much so that he also established two standing-eight counts in the last session.

This saw him run out a clear unanimous points winner and also take the Harwich home boxer of the night award.

Light heavyweight Conor Harvey looked to extend his unbeaten senior record to four against Jay Simpson, from the nearby 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment.

After two frustrating rounds, where neither boxer established any authority, Harvey upped his game in the final session and delivered a forceful round.

His reward was a unanimous points win.

A small piece of Harwich history was made when Dave Blaby became the oldest member of the club, at 35, to record a win.

He faced another soldier in R Arrowsmith and nicked the first round.

However, he dropped in the second, leaving all to play for in the last.

Blaby would not be denied as he posted the best round of the contest, forcing his opponent back, with his determination clear to all.

A close split decision would go the way of the delighted Harwich boxer.

Harwich’s two Peters, Foster and Rodrigues, faced junior opponents from Walsall and gave good accounts of themselves before losing out on close points decisions.

Head coach Martin Webb said afterwards: "This show has developed the reputation as one of the best on the East Anglian circuit and, once again, we delivered a great set of 11 bouts for an appreciative audience.

"I'm pleased to see Rio Gordon back in the saddle after a defeat before Christmas.

"It's also good to see strength in depth, with Ethan Bird producing the goods in only his second-ever contest to remain unbeaten.

"Conor Harvey needs to realise he is better than he thinks and we will be working on his confidence over the next few months.

"It was a great touch and the icing on the cake to see Dave Blaby rewarded for his commitment over the last 12 months to record his debut win at a relatively advanced age for an amateur boxer.

"All in all, it was a good night's work."