Padiham boxer Brandon Hartley lights up first show of the season

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SANDYGATE ABC opened the boxing season in style as Brandon “Padiham Power Station” Hartley took the honours at the club’s season opener at Smokey Joe’s in Morecambe on the home show of Skerton ABC.

Pitted against home favourite J. Catlow, straight from the opening bell the 15-year-old moved around the ring with confidence, not in the slightest intimidated by the vocal local support, scoring with a well-timed lead left jab, keeping centre and countering in a very managed fashion.

With the sound of the second still ringing in the crowd’s ears, the Burnley Boxer came out in a fistic fury in his most dominating round, increasing the level of attack.

Hartley bullied, pushed and proceeded to pummel Catlow with a barrage of left hook, right straight, right hook combinations which seemed to hit the mark every time, opening up his respected opponent’s nose after one such blistering attack.

The third and final two minutes looked like a stoppage was on the cards with the man-in-middle keeping a close eye on proceedings, with Hartley increasing his work rate, scoring with lovely rigid jabs.

It was no surprise when the judges awarded the fight to Sandygate’s Hartley.

“Wow, what a start to the season! Brandon produced the goods in a hostile setting, we are expecting good things from Branny, entering him in the National CYP Championships as well as the Junior ABA’s this year,” said Sandygate ABC coach Nik Tucker.

The club now look forward to their first of many shows of the season at Fence Gate Inn on the 28th of this month, with a bill full of local boxers looking to impress, including a mouth-watering North West ABA Regional Junior Belt contest involving Nelson’s Charlie Martin (15). Tickets for this Black Tie Dinner event are going fast, so call Sandygate ABC coach Andy Howcroft (07866073353).