POPULAR Burnley boxing club Sandygate ABC received national recognition last week.
The Holmes Street club were named Club of the Week by boxing bible Boxing News - the world’s longest-running boxing publication.
The award is a mark of the club’s progress in terms of the young fighters coming through, and also a nod to its past, with club stalwart Bob Rosbotham getting a mention, as well as the “Burnley Bulldog” Warren Stowe.
Meanwhile, promising young fighter Alfie “Pit-Bull” Wardle (pictured) was in action at short notice last week.
The 15-year-old took the bout at two day’s notice, such is the confidence his coaches have in this small, rugged pressure fighter.
Matched against C.McMyler (Bolton Elite ABC), who carried an unbeaten record of 4-0, and on his home turf, the Ribblesdale Year 10 pupil was not fazed in the slightest.
Straight from the opening bell Wardle got under the long reach jab of his opponent, giving him no time to respond, swarming in with devastating body shots and a penetrating back hand finding its way through a tight guard.
The aggression and power overwhelmed McMyler, who was not able to get into his stride.
The second saw Wardle stalk once again, and after a barrage of body shots after rolling under the jab, he dominated once more.
The final round saw the “Pit-Bull” bare his teeth once more, not letting up for a second, pushing his foe into the corner and throwing fast hooks to the body, followed by fierce upper-cuts.
The final outcome was never in doubt as the man-in-the-middle raised the arm of Wardle after a unanimous decision from all judges ringside.
Anyone interested in taking up the noble art can contact Nik Tucker (07855505719) or Andy Howcroft (07866073353).