Sandygate aces catch the eye of Ricky Hatton in Stockport

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Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s Minors hit the road recently with bouts in the two furthest points of the region, travelling to Carlisle and Stockport on the same evening.

Brandon “Burnley Terrier” Hird (11) made his full ring debut against home favourite H. Boak (Carlisle Villa ABC), in what turned out to be one of the most exciting debuts the Burnley club has witnessed in recent years.

Straight from the opening bell, Hird threw non-stop combinations for the whole duration of the round, keeping the more experienced Boak on the back foot throughout.

The barrage continued into the second and third with the “Burnley Terrier” living up to his nickname.

It was no surprise ringside when the judges awarded the win unanimously to the exciting Sandygate boxer.

Also making their much anticipated ring debuts in skills bouts, Brunshaw Primary School Year 5 pupils Lewis “Burnley” Stansfield (10) and Jaden “J-Dogg” Haworth-Franklin (10) faced M. Hartley and L.Hand (both Carlisle Villa ABC).

Both looked at home in the squared circle, dominating throughout.

Also in bouts of skill - non-decision contests - Stoops Estate’s Reiko “Riot” Rickwood (11) and Griffin’s Dylan “Deadly” Lord (11) were matched against A.Javid (Bury ABC) and J.Alan (Stockport ABC) at the Stockport show, with both boys again impressing, with a certain Ricky Hatton making a point of searching out the Burnley lads to congratulate them, and tell them he once boxed a Sandygate boxer many moons ago at a similar age.

“All the lads performed excellently”, beamed coach Nik Tucker.

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