A TRIO of triumphant young boxers made Burnley’s Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s trip to Carlisle more than worthwhile.
First to don the now infamous claret and blue satin boxing attire was Rose Hill’s Cameron “Silky” Hird (10), pitted against Southpaw M. Hartley (Carlisle Villa ABC) in a cracking bout of skill which was a very one-sided affair.
Straight from the opening bell Hird dominated the centre, catching the home boxer with every jab, moving in and out of range with grace and countering on every missed punch Hartley was unfortunate to throw.
The second and third once again saw the St Mary’s Primary School Year 6 pupil controlling proceedings, keeping centre, shooting out straight rigid rights after each long lead which hit-the-mark each time.
Next up in the Romanic City, from Sandygate’s ever growing legion of fighters, was debutant “Smokin” Joe Crawford (10) facing O. Neale (Carlisle Villa ABC).
The first saw both young boys getting a feel for the fight with Crawford’s longer reach prevailing and passing through the tight guard of Neale. The second saw a more controlled round for the Year 6 Wellfield pupil.
Looking more and more at home in the squared circle, the third and final was Crawford’s best after wave and wave of attack wore down his now bewildered opponent.
Gannow’s “Banger” Brett Windle (14) was next up to go to battle with hot favourite G. Johnston (Carlisle Villa ABC) in three one-and-a-half minute rounds at 55kg.
Scoring well in the first Windle bobbed and weaved, switching attack from body to head mindful not to get caught from Johnston’s looping right hook’s.
In the second the Shuttleworth Year 10 pupil countered every miss, silencing the crowd with pinpoint precision. Windle’s one-sided third gave all judges present one of the easiest verdicts of the night, awarding the impressive Sandygate boxer a unanimous verdict at the end.
“All the boys dominated, even the home club coach commented on how well skilled all the boys were”, said coach Nik Tucker.
This Sunday sees Sandygate’s only female combatant Sasha Harris (16) box in the National ABA female semi-finals against S. Colbourne (North Mersey ABC) at The Boxing School of Excellence, Gorton, Manchester.
Anyone interested in taking up boxing can contact the club via www.sandygateabc.com or through their new Apple/Android app linked from their facebook page.