Prichard powers to impressive victory

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Bicester Boxing Club’s Andrew Prichard won his second successive fight during a busy show at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Maidenhead.

Prichard made a winning start to his boxing career at the same venue two months previously, and the local promoters were so impressed with his performance that they invited him back.

This time Prichard was up against Aaron Coleman from the Bedfont Boxing Club.

In a tight opening round, Prichard worked neatly behind his jab, keeping his opponent at bay, before he started to show his power against an undeterred Coleman, who kept pushing forward.

The second round began similar to the first, but this time Prichard showed more aggression and landed some good hooks to the body as the fight wore on, and the Bicester man slowly gained the upper hand with a series of punches to both body and head towards the end of the second round.

Knowing he was ahead at the start of the third, Prichard focussed on staying out of trouble with Coleman becoming increasingly desperate before the local fighter’s superior fitness saw him finish the stronger of the two, earning him a well-deserved 30-27 unanimous decision on all three judges scorecards.

At the end of the encounter, Prichard said: “I knew this was a going to be a tough contest but I prepared well and did everything I was asked to by my coaching team.

“I was supposed to box last month on the Oxford Fight Night but my opponent did not make the weight. So today’s match was a long time coming.”

Bicester Boxing Club’s head coach, Daza Usher, was impressed with Prichard’s performance and he said afterwards: “Andy has been training really well in the lead up to this bout.

“He has put the extra work in after his last contest didn’t happen but I think that may have been a blessing in disguise as it has given him that extra time in the gym.

“I think he can push on from this victory and look to box again in the next couple of months.”