SANDYGATE Amateur Boxing Club had reason to smile again recently.
The Hargreaves Street club’s “Burnley Terrier” Brandon Hird (10) became the area’s youngest competitor to grace the squared circle when he was pitted against Manchester’s A. Robertson (St John’s ABC) in a ABA Skills bout.
This season saw a change in the sport’s National Governing Body rules which allowed boxers aged 10 to compete in up to four skills bouts, allowing them the chance to gain vital experience.
The contest at Clayton ABC’s show at the New Era Complex, Accrington saw Hird show some impressive skills straight from the bell, keeping a nice tight guard and throwing straight jabs.
The second one-minute round saw the youngster demonstrate real technique, landing a heavy right hand which got the crowd gasping.
The third a final round showed both boys demonstrate why the sport is still extremely popular in the area - a cracking display of sportsmanship and skill. Both boys’ hands were raised by the referee.
“I was over the moon with Brandon, who was not fazed at all with a big crowd ringside,” stated coach Nik Tucker.