SANDYGATE ABC Boxers were busy this weekend at St.Johns ABC, Salford.
First up for Burnley’s oldest boxing club were their youngest pugilistic pupils, 10-year-olds Cameron “Scholsy” Hird from Rosehill, and Dylan “Deadly” Lord from Griffin estate.
Both faced home boxers A. Robertson and C. Smith respectively in bouts of skill.
This season saw a change in the sport’s National Governing Body rules which allowed boxers aged 10 to compete in up to four skills bouts, allowing them the chance to gain vital experience.
The pair performed exceptionally.
Reagan Driver (12) was also matched against L. Gallimore (Stockport ABC) in a ABA skills bout, which turned into a warm up for their full bout later this month.
Shuttleworth Year 9 pupil “Banger” Brett Windle (13) was matched against Merseyside and Cheshire Champion C. Brown (Phoenix ABC) in a schoolboy contest.
Straight from the opening bell Windle kept centre ring and picked his shots to perfection against his taller foe, scoring well to the body and head.
The much-fancied Brown knew he was in for a hard time.
The second round once again saw Windle, dominate scoring well with his two-phase switch of attacks, moving well around the ring.
The third and final started at a blistering pace, with Brown upping his game, but Windle weathered the storm and retaliate with fevorous force.
All judges ringside gave the Sandygate boxer the nod as his hand was raised at the final bell, earning Brett another quality scalp.
Sandygate senior Lloyd “Boom-Boom” Baldwin (21) pitted his wits against Salfords J. Green (St John’s ABC) with both boxers making their debut.
Lloyd took control, throwing countless punches with a high rate of hits, moving well and showing his immense fitness levels.
The second, much like the first, was a frantic, fearsome fight, with the boys giving it their all.
The third saw Baldwin extend his lead and get into the flow in a very impressive display.
The roof was raised even more when the verdict in favour of the Sandygate fighter was announced.
The show’s main event saw former Paratrooper and Army Squad boxer Lee “Wings” O’Hara (24) make his return in the Sandygate claret and blue against Yorkshire’s V. Atkins (Halifax ABC) in a open class 3x3 minute bout.
The sound of the first saw bell saw a very measured affair with both boxers testing the waters.
A cagey affair saw O’Hara score off his lead hand and counter well to the body.
The second opened up with both boxers putting on a classic display of the noble art, countering, slipping, drawing and feinting - no shots were wasted and was a very even affair on the score cards.
In the third, O’Hara upped his game, sensing the closeness of the bout, his rigid jab and body shots began to take its toll on his quality opponent.
O’Hara took the majority verdict, and coach Andy Howcroft said: “Lee was awesome but the bout was a close affair.
“We have a rematch at the end of the month, which we wont take lightly.
“As for Lloyd, what a debut, I couldn’t be more pleased!
Schoolboy coach Nik Tucker stated: “Windle took another name, and is improving every bout, and the young ones showed the future is bright with Driver impressing all.”
Anyone interested in joining the popular outfit can contact the club on 07855505719 or via their website www.sandygateabc.com