Burnley’s Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s deadly duo Calum ‘Two-Tone’ Rainey (14) and Tom ‘The Priest’ Abbott (15) hit the East Coast recently.
Unbeaten Rainey faced crowd favourite J. Lazenby (Kingston ABC) in a heated affair both inside and outside the squared circle.
Straight after the opening bell Rainey showed his intentions, cutting the ring down and forcing his taller opponent into the corner, showing down hooks, switching to head and body with ferociousness.
Lazenby was a hardy Hull boxer who had no intentions of being another first round knock-out for the promising Burnley boxer, making use of his long reach tried to keep Rainey at bay.
The second saw the Year 10 St Augustine’s pupil silence the crowd once more with a more disciplined round, countering and fainting and dominating once more.
So comfortable in the ring is Rainey he looks like he has boxed for many a year.
The third and final round had the crowd on their feet to raise the roof and revitalise Lazenby sensing he was behind gave it his all, but Rainey weathered the storm and kept his head, taking control of the round once more with Lazenby hurting when every blow landed.
All judges ringside gave young Calum the nod in a unanimous verdict, as well as acknowledgement from the hostile crowd who all applauded the result.
“With Calum’s last bout only lasting one minute 25 seconds, I was pleased he got some rounds under his belt and to silence a hostile crowd takes some doing”, beamed Sandygate coach Nik Tucker.
Stablemate Tom Abbott also faced a local when pitted against J. Dixon (City of Hull ABC) in what was the Shuttleworth College Year 10 student’s debut.
The first saw the Holmes Street fighter put in a well-polished display, countering and covering well.
The second and third saw the Hull boxer’s weight advantage show when leaning onto his opponent constantly, giving him a majority verdict.
“I’ve had five pull-outs for young Tom recently and only took the fight to give him the experience before the end of the season. Giving away age, weight and experience is not ideal, but Tom is a gutsy lad and I knew he’d hold his own.
“It was a promising debut away from home and in his next outing it will be a different decision”, said Coach Tucker.
Sandygate ABC’s season is coming to a close with just one more outing for Calum Rainey planned at the Reebok Arena on Amir Khan’s Gloves ABC Show on June 10th, and then its the ever-popular Sandygate Awards Night to put a cap on another successful season.