Sandygate starlets shine


SANDYGATE Amateur Boxing Club’s young starlets continue to grace the boxing halls of the North West, making the Hargreaves Street club one of the most active in the country.

New Era Complex, Accrington played host to a couple of Sandygate’s juniors when “Padiham Power Station” Brandon Hartley (16) had the perfect warm-up to his upcoming ABA Junior title campaign, facing J. Cookson (Heywood ABC) in a rematch from the weekend before, hoping to be on the end of the right decision this time around.

Hartley came out with his intentions clear - hit hard and fast against the back foot counter puncher, catching Cookson with his back hand, then moving from any advances,keeping centre and total control throughout.

The second two-minute round saw Hartley dominate once more, with the Burnley College student’s combinations and defencive skills shining.

The third and final round was Hartley’s best, increasing his work rate, hunting down Cookson to the corners, scoring at will with a double lead single rear hand combination.

To no one’s surprise, Hartley’s hand was raised the winner.

Griffin Estate’s Brendan “Bam-Bam” Collins (14) boxed E. Dearden (Clayton ABC) in a skills bout, in which Collins dominated throughout, displaying some exquisite hooks to the body.

Controlling each round, Collins looked sharper and sharper.

With no time to rest, Sandygate’s Collins boxes in Bradford this weekend.

ABA Senior Joe Knight (20) narrowly lost in his National quarter-final at The Boxing School of Excellence, Gorton, Manchester against the British Army champion R. Fillingham at 60kg.

Fillingham replaced Navy champion Matthews, who had to resume forces duties.

Knight started strong in the first of three three-minute rounds, moving well, matching the well-skilled Fillingham, ending the first level pegged.

The second saw the Army boxer up his work rate, testing Knight’s tight guard.

Countering well, Knight clawed back the points to again end the round level.

The third and final round was the decider, with the full time boxer Fillingham’s fitness coming to the fore with his relentless style, making the difference.

“Joe held his own for much of the fight, we are so proud that he achieved so much in his first year in the Senior Championships, and we are already matching Joe again this coming month,” beamed coach Andy Howcroft.

“Hartley and myself thought he’d beat Cookson the previous week, so the rematch had him totally focused on proving the point, and he did that in style with no one complaining this time around after a measured and dominating performance,” stated Sandygate coach Nik Tucker.

Anyone interested in taking up the Olympic sport of boxing can contact the club via or by ringing 07855505719.