Bar shows his might

The evening was the culmination of an eight-week intensive training regime for the sixteen amateur fighters who brought their skills to the ring to go toe-to-toe for three two-minute rounds.



Published: Sun 14 Jun 2015, 12:06 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:11 PM

Dubai — Mark Bar was named business boxing champion in front of a packed audience of over 500 spectators at the first Business Boxing Gala, held at Conrad Dubai’s Grand Ballroom on Friday.

The evening was the culmination of an eight-week intensive training regime for the sixteen amateur fighters who brought their skills to the ring to go toe-to-toe for three two-minute rounds.

As well as business boxing champ, Barr, was named best boxer of the night after his defeat over Simon Trigg in the fifth match of the night sponsored by Safe Line.

The evening began with a skills bout, where young amateurs Ethan Liversage and Jack Howard showcased their training as they prepare to enter the amateur circuit.

The second bout of the night — and the first in the competition — went to Sajjad Bhanji over Anthony Florentino. Phillip Robson beat Michael Samadhin to win the third, and Jeffrey Albuero took out the fourth, over Jerome Ladigeon.  The sixth match, saw Neil Clark beat Peter Brimson, with Neil recognised as the best trainer.

In one of the most impressive bouts of the night, fight seven saw Daniel Riordan narrowly taking home the prize over Andrew Johnston in a match awarded best bout of the night.

The final bout, between Colin Liversage and Chris Howard — the fathers of Ethan and Jack who opened the night — went to Liversage, with both fighters awarded in the night’s prize giving for each having lost 8kgs in training for the match. 

Business Boxing Gala event organiser, renowned trainer Lee Hurford said the evening was a showcase of amateur talent. “Make no mistake, at the beginning of the programme these guys couldn’t have stood in the ring, but this is a proper boxing contest and all these contestants have undergone gruelling preparation to get where they are tonight,” he said. “It’s taken a lot of intense, hardwork for these guys to get where they are today and they’ve seen huge changes in themselves.”


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