Chichester boxer Cotton's not about to unravel

St Gerards ABC travelled to Fareham ABC's open afternoon boxing show with Chichester fighter Arron Cotton.

The 24-year-old was matched with home boxer Reece Allen-Jones, 20. Both weighed in at 78kg.

Coach Gerry Lavelle said the bout was taken at short notice but it was seen as a good chance to put Cotton’s improving form to the test.

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Cotton was told to feel the first round out behind his jab, scoring points and staying out of harm’s way, and he did just that, catching Allen-Jones with some big overhand right crosses. Cotton won the first round but had to up the ante. In the second Cotton stepped up the pace and Allen-Jones was warned for consistent holding and picked up a very bloodied nose.

Cotton continued his relentless assault, clearly winning the second round.

Allen-Jones gave it everything in the third but received another warning for holding and needed another stoppage for nose repairs.

Lavelle said: “Arron finished on top and was barely out of breath at the end of a very exciting contest which tested him, especially against the very partisan home support.

“The contest was a clear lockout for young Arron as he recieved a very well-deserved unanimous points decision, resulting in his third win in a row.

“This is a young lad who got involved in anti-social behaviour in his younger days but who through amateur boxing has turned his life around in a very positive way.”