Nine wins on the bounce for Dean


Roche ABC’s Dean Thompson was an impressive winner at the Middleton Arena last week.

The 16-year-old England international took on Heywood’s big-punching Donald Cookson, but Thompson emerged a convincing victor.

Coach Brian Roche said: “Dean was cautious and clever, and boxed his head off really.

“Cookson was a heavy puncher, but Dean is in confident mood at the moment and has now won his last nine fights, after one win in his first 10.

“He is improving his strength all the time, and hopefully he can win the junior ABAs this year after losing in the finals by just one point last year at 50kg to Jack Hillier of Southampton.

“He’s also training with Great Britain at Sheffield Institute, and he showed in Heywood just why he in an international boxer and North West regional champion.”