Clean sweep of wins for Sandygate pugilists

Pictured, from left, Andy Howcroft, Connor Barrow, Anthony Crolla, Reece Farnhill, Shane Armer
Pictured, from left, Andy Howcroft, Connor Barrow, Anthony Crolla, Reece Farnhill, Shane Armer

Burnley’s Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club hit the road once again last week.

Schoolboy sensation Smokin’ Joe Crawford (12) boxed for a North West Select team at the De Vere Hotel, Blackpool against Humberside’s B. Oliver (Hull Saints ABC).

The first round saw the Hull man come out charging, trying to unnerve and break the concentration of the Burnley boxer, but Crawford wasn’t fazed.

The second and third were to be the Ightenhill pugilist’s, as he went throu the gears, striking then defending and countering, putting on a classic display of the noble art,

The St Christopher’s Year 8 pupil was not going to lose his exceptional start to the season, earnin an eighth-straight victory.

Seniors Connor Barrow (17) and Reece Farnhill (17) both boxed on the Failsworth ABC Show in Manchester, with Dylan “Deadly” Lord (12) keeping the junior interest, matched against home boxer K. Garside.

The first was Lord’s as he controlled centre, keeping onto the back foot, and the second saw the Shuttleworh Year 8 pupil tested.

But the final round was the Griffin Estate fighter’s as he regained his aggressive style to earn a unanimous verdict.

Barrow also had home opposition in A. Slack in a contest of three two-minute rounds.

The first was a torrid affair, with both boys challenging for centre. Barrow’s strength soon became apparent as he marshalled his taller foe around the ring, working the body with his switches of attack.

The second once again was the Sandygate boxer’s as he dominated proceedings, working off his lead hand jab, targeting the body from the switches.

In the final round, the Mancunian resorted to clinching as a barrage of blows took its toll, forcing the referee to administer a standing eight count.

Sensing a stoppage, the Hargreaves Street boxer pushed forward again, and another quality attack forced the man-in-the-middle to intervene with another eight count, Slack just holding on for the bell.

But Barrow earned a unanimous verdict.

Clitheroe’s Reece Farnhill was hoping to make it a clean sweep for Sandygate against B. Orchard (Failsworth ABC) and took no time to set out his intentions, constantly moving, catching his opponent even in the clinches, working throughout, opening up a commanding lead.

The unbeaten Farnhill’s class forced the referee to give a standing eight to Orchard, and 10 seconds later the exciting Sandygate boxer set about the home town favourite again, giving International referee Wayne Heywood no choice but to step in and save Orchard from anymore punishment, handing a first round TKO to the jubilant Farnhill.

The club now look forward to their home show on Good Friday at Burnley Mechanics, with tickets priced at £10.

Tickets are available from Andy Howcroft on 07866073353 or Nik Tucker on 07855505719.