Former world welterweight champion Lloyd Honeyghan was the guest of honour at Hayes Amateur Boxing Club's annual Christmas Dinner/Boxing show, writes Terry Blackmore.
Honeyghan and the rest of the audience at the Heathrow Thistle Hotel began the evening with a standing ovation followed by a minute's silence for the club's distinguished former member, Kevin Finnegan, who died a few weeks ago.
Ben Winward then got the action under way with a junior bout against the tall, rangy Taylor Pettengell of Epsom & Ewell but despite a valiant attempt to begin his career with a win, 11-year-old Winward could not find a way past a long left jab and Pettengell eased to a majority points decision.
Harry Mordue, grandson of former Hayes star Kenny Mordue, appears to be a chip off the old block as he came out with all guns blazing againstSimon Lawrence of east London's Fairbairn House.
Mordue landed a barrage of blows which forced Lawrence to take a standing count in the first round and he continued the onslaught in the second before the referee called a halt to proceedings to spare Lawrence further punishment.
Danny Fairminder also made his debut for Hayes against Tommy Stokes of the Times club, taking part in his first contest and Fairminder went after his opponent like a human windmill, throwing punches from all angles.
However, Stokes weathered the storm and kept the contest at arm's length, boxing defensively yet scoring well to take a majority decision.
The last of the junior contests, between two 16-year-olds who are way over six feet tall, was between Martin McDonagh of Hayes and Harjeet Bhatti of Fairbairn House.
McDonagh was the better boxer but seemed reluctant to use his skill to his advantage, allowing his opponent to do the leading off and that proved to be his undoing as he lost a majority decision.
There was a buzz of excitement for the first senior contest between Hayes' Indy Gill and Greg Dial of Fulham & Brunswick because last year Gill
knocked out his opponent with the first punch he threw.
This time Dial was aware of his opponent's reputation and although Gill tried to land his Sunday punch, the Fulham boxer picked his shots well and stayed out of trouble to earn a unanimous points win.
Next into the breach was Indy's older brother, Haj, who took on Alaine Asaeba of Fairbairn House.
Haj has fast hands, is fleet of foot and he used both to good effect and despite Asaeba proving an elusive target as he went on the defensive, like his brother, Haj is a hard hitter and several times he had his opponent in trouble and the unanimous decision was never in doubt.
Ryan Toms immediately unleashed the big guns against Jake Arlain of north London's Lion ABC, landing a cracking right to force the referee to give Arlain a standing count.
The Hayes man pursued his advantage throughout the first round but Arlain weathered the storm, yet despite the second and third being much closer, Toms
used his greater height and reach well and was a worthy winner.
Alex Kolesnikow was pitted against a similarly skilful opponent in Justin Menzies of the Lion club but Kolesnikow stood back, content to box on the retreat and let his opponent do all the leading off. The upshot was that Menzies edged every round because the Hayes man did not throw enough punches in reply and Menzies took a unanimous decision.
Hayes heavyweight Adel Badawi stepped up for the final contest of the evening and leapt into the ring with his trademark vault over the top rope to the delight of the crowd.
His opponent was Finchley's Ben Hyeni and once he realised Badawi does not subscribe to the niceties of the noble art, favouring an agricultural swing to a straight punch, he kept out of range of Badawi's haymakers and jabbed away at long range, piling up the points.
Having avoided decapitation Hyeni ran out a comfortable points winner.
Hayes stage their next home show at Hayes Working Men's Club in March.