Roche boxers light up Blackpool show!

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A FISTFUL of Burnley boxers illuminated Blackpool’s Central Bar at the weekend.

Up-and-coming Roche ABC fighter Harver Younis towered above opponent Ian Cremona, forcing a stoppage in the third round. The 19-year-old, described by trainer Brian Roche as a ‘big hitter’, now has two KO’s to his name from the first two bouts of his amateur career.

Comeback king Nicky Perry was also in form for the Briercliffe Road club as he defeated Blackpool and Kingscote BC boxer Sam White unanimously. Roche said: “He’s a tall lad and a very nice boxer. He’s a left-hander and looked great on his comeback; he hasn’t fought for two years.”

Burnley’s Anthony Tibbs was narrowly beaten by local lad Colin Tillotson though his efforts prompted a standing ovation from the home crowd. The pair locked horns in what was later dubbed ‘fight of the night’ as Tillotson walked away victorious with a majority decision. “Anthony was losing the first round,” Roche said. “But he came back slightly in the second round and had a cracking final round. Both fighters got a standing ovation.”

Atif Mushtaq also lost out on his return from a two year absence against Mark Killeen (Blackpool and Kingscote BC) while in the ‘Kids Gloves’ competition 12-year-old Mike Haworth impressed his coach versus John McInnon. Roche said: “He boxed absolutely superb. If it had been a proper contest he would have won it.”

Roche ABC will welcome a London select team to the venue on May 15th at Byerden House club, Colne Road, where 16 fights will take place. For tickets or more information contact Brian Roche on 07749 903771.