(APR 28) Friday, 23rd April
2010 was St George’s Day. St George a mythical medieval knight is
the patron saint of England and is reputed to have fought and killed
Evil in the form of a dragon. It is therefore a special day for the
Keith Mayo of K. M. Promotions Ltd marked the occasion by staging a
“ST GEORGES DAY” 6 bout boxing tournament at the modern Oasis Sports
complex in Swindon, England that evening.
A contingent of airmen and women from the local Royal Air Force base
at Lyneham entered the ring to receive enthusiastic applause. RAF
Lyneham Wiltshire is alas the airbase where the bodies of British
troops killed in the Iraq and Afghan Wars are brought back for
Former local professional woman boxer CLAIRE COOPER sang the
National Anthem unaccompanied.
An exciting 6 x 2 minute round ladies flyweight bout opened the
Alicja Dabrowska getting warmed up for bout
The local girl was ALICjA
DABROWSKA, a petite 24 year old brunette who was born in Ruda
Staka, Poland, but has lived and worked in England for the last
two years as a Caretaker of Teenagers with Learning
Difficulties. She is one of three women who have recently joined
the growing ranks of women licensed as professional boxers by
the British Boxing Board of Control.
Her professional record of (1-0–0) belies her experience as a
boxer. She had a very successful career as an amateur boxer in
Poland – having 33 contests. In 2006 she won the Polish title
and represented her Country in International competitions.
However this was the first time that she had boxed 6 rounds.
She now trains at the Horseshoe Gym in Swindon under Islan
Eltuyev – a former Soviet Union men’s light welter weight
Her opponent was 37 year old
JULIETTE WINTER ( 4-6-1), from Derby England. Winter won
the inaugural British title prior to 2006 against Shanee Martin
and still retains that title at super Flyweight.
At the Weigh In DABROWSKA weighed 7 stones 13 pounds, and WINTER
8 stone 1 pound. Both women were using 10 ounce gloves.
First into the ring’s Red Corner,
WINTER was clad in a black sports bra with breast protector and
short black satin trunks with white waistband.
DABROWSKA clad in black sports vest with white breast protectors
and long red satin shorts with white flashes entered in the Blue
Corner shortly afterwards.
From the bell WINTER launched her attack stalking her opponent
with straight left jabs which mainly fell short.
DEBROWSKA responded with left right combinations which either
finished up on WINTER’S gloves or similarly fell short.
DABROWSKA opened the first effective attack with good blows
striking home to WINTER’S upper torso.
DABROWSKA retreated tactically, throwing counterpunches as
WINTER kept coming forward. Both women moved smartly about the
ring, throwing combination blows in a series of short actions.
Many punches were short by a considerable margin.
The pace was stepped up in this round.
After a brief opening exchange of blows the referee called time
out for WINTER’S loose boot lace to be retied. WINTER chased
DABROWSKA around the ring as DABROWSKA fought a “fighting
DABROWSKA like some male boxers, makes little noises as she
throws her punches. She has a swinging overhead right hook which
is very effective when it lands on its intended mark – in this
round many missed.
DABROWSKA being the shorter; crouched down to launch quick two
handed forays inside. WINTER leaned forward with feet placed
well apart seeking to launch longer range attacks.
The fast moving action used the entire ring with each fighter
taking the initiative as they attacked and evaded. More blows
found their mark. Frequently they were toe to toe swapping
WINTER caught her opponent with a solid right hand to the head
seconds before the bell.
As it sounded the audience applauded the women’s efforts.
DABROWSKA initiated the attack with an assortment of left and
right handed blows delivered at speed to all parts of her
DABROWSKA waived her straight left in WINTER’S face before
bringing a crashing cross to WINTERS face. Despite WINTER
skillfully blocking a number of blows on her gloves several good
solid punches landed in her face and jaw. She had to use her
ring craft to keep out of trouble. WINTER regained the
initiative. The fighters continually moved round the ring trying
to gain advantage. Both threw a large number of left right and
right left combinations. A lot fell short !
DABROWSKA momentarily caught WINTER on the ropes near her Blue
Corner, but WINTER skillfully slipped out and resumed her own
attack as the bell rang.
DABROWSKA seemed to have suffered a bruise to her nose.
Started slowly with both boxers exchanging lightweight straight
blows to each others gloves as they circled for advantage.
There was then a spirited exchange of solid blows. A mannerism
of WINTER’S boxing is that she at times drops her left arm to
her side before delivering a heavy straight left punch.
DABROWSKA threw an enormous right hand hook to the head which
missed. WINTER – ever the potential attacker moved forward and
trapped her opponent in a brief clinch in her Red Corner.
DABROWSKA slipped out and took the center of the ring to launch
her own attack. A fierce little foray ensued in which she caught
WINTER with a number of good left and right hand hooks to the
face. WINTER counter attacked with her own left and right
assortment of jabs and hooks.
The was an explosive start to this round as DABROWSKA came
straight out of her corner and launched an aggressive two handed
attack in which she forced WINTER into leaning back on the ropes
near a neutral corner as they tussled .
A fast moving round - similar in pattern to the two previous.
Many punches flaying the air - Short sharp clashes – rapid
exchange of blows - DABROWSKA to WINTER’S head and a good left
jab to the solar plexus – WINTER to DABROWSKA’S body and head.
In a violent clinch against the ropes WINTER’S left arm was
wrapped around DABROWSKAS head. As they untwined WINTER hit her
opponent’s with a strong right hand hook to the left side of the
WINTER received a brief warning from the referee.
Near the end of the round DABROWSKA chased WINTER from near her
Red Corner towards the Blue Corner round the outside of the ring
unleashing a torrent of wild two handed blows whilst uttering
intimidating shrieks as she did so.
She followed up with a clash where she unleashed a series of
short right and left handed punches to anywhere she could find a
target. WINTER fought back.
The pace did not slacked with both women keeping up their
relentless two handed attacks. DABROWSKA’S punching was the more
effective, but WINTER continued to fight aggressively
occasionally catching DABROWSKA with some good counterpunches to
the head and face.
The audience clapped as the round ended.
It was observed that DABROWSKA’S nose was again lightly massaged
by her Second during the interval between rounds – presumably as
a result of WINTER’S blows.
This was a tough round with both women trying to clinch the
WINTER caught DABROWSKA early on with a powerful right and left
combination to the face but received a powerful right to her
nose in response. Briefly DABROWSKA battered her around the head
with an assortment of uppercuts, jabs and hooks which caused
WINTER to cry out and protect her head with her two raised
gloves. She extricated herself and resumed her own attack.
WINTER missed her with a number of right and left punches which
DABROWSKA ducked. Both women gamely continued to fight, trading
punches to the last bell, each showing aggression in her
DABROWSKA was declared the winner
by referee GRANT WALLACE on points : 59 to WINTER’S 57
DABROWSKA now advances to 2 wins and no losses and WINTER drops
to 4 wins 7 losses and I draw.
A large “crack ! “ was heard
during the fight. As DABROWSKA left the arena the doctor
examined her jaw to ensure that it had not been broken in the
fierce exchange of punches. Thankfully it was O.K.
Speaking to your correspondent in her dressing room shortly
after the fight an elated DABROWSKA confided that she had not
eaten for two days in order to make the Weight and but for this
she could have fought better. She wants to become a British
This had been an even fast moving fight with both women throwing
and receiving some big punches - although many missed their
intended target! DABROWSKA’S were the more accurate. WINTER
showed great courage in continually coming forward to attack
despite receiving many heavy jolting blows to the face as she
did so. From the ringside the fight seemed to be a closer match
than the score suggests.
A rematch should certainly be arranged.
Text and Pictures
Copyright John E.G.Wilson.