Mills wins belt after beating team-mate

East Area Boxing Academy in action
East Area Boxing Academy in action

East Area Boxing Academy, based in Bedford, were dominant at last weekend’s iBox Promotions Prize Fighter event at Venue 360 in Luton with Micky Mills ultimately taking the inaugural belt and the £500 prize money that went with it.

Mills defeated stablemate Jarvis Anderson in the final with Thomas Clarke, Michael Stephenson and Jack Shaylor all winning their respective fights on a night that saw club make a clean sweep across four divisions.

“We’re really pleased with the lads,” said the academy’s head coach Sid Thompson.

“They did well; there’s some things to work on but they are progressing nicely.”

Mills won the evening’s main event having picked up two victories earlier in the evening to qualify for the final.

In the final he outpointed team-mate Anderson over three closely-contested two-minute rounds.

“It’s a tough thing, facing one of your friends in a fight like that,” said Mills. But that’s sport for you.

“With a fight like that, when you know your opponent, you look to win it on points and he’s got a nasty little overhand which I wanted to keep clear of.

“It could have gone either way but I think it was the right result. It was a good result for our team – we’ve come here and won everything.”

Runner-up Anderson said: “We always said that if it came down to a points fight he’d (Mills) win.

“He moves about the ring really well. I hit him with a couple of rockers but I think it was probably a fair result.”

Fighting on the undercard last weekend, Clarke and Stephenson retained their respective super-middleweight and cruiserweight iBox belts.

Jack Shaylor only needed 25 seconds to stop Jimmy O’Mahony, from Whittlesey ABC in Cambridgeshire, in an iBox heavyweight eliminator bout.