Sasha wins regional belt

CHAMPION: Sasha Bennington

CHAMPION: Sasha Bennington

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Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s only schoolgirl boxer Sasha Bennington has earned the Holmes Street club it’s first female title.

The 14-year-old was pitted against Beth Campbell (Macclesfield ABC) in the North West Regional ABA Finals, in what turned out to be a cracking affair at The Irish Centre, Manchester.

The first round saw a battle of wills from the off, with Shuttleworth College Year 10 pupil Sasha showing she wasn’t all tiaras and tantrums.

She put on a controlled and quite clinical display of the noble art, connecting with a rigid jab which rocked Campbell in her boots, making great use of the ring, controlling centre and not once taking a backward step.

The second saw Sasha dominate once more, unleashing a barrage of back hands which opened up her Cheshire counterpart.

Such was the ferocity of the attack, Campbell seemed subded for the rest of the round.

The third and final round saw the popular pugilistic princess pound, pummel and penetrate her more experienced foe’s defences.

Rocket-like rights once again gave her opponent no room to counter, and a left hook, followed by a rapid right, caused a nasty cut on the cheek, giving the man in the middle no option but to instantly stop the bout.

There was no need for a eight-count halfway into the round in favour of the new North West champion, Sandygate fighter Sasha “Rooney” Bennington.

“Sash may not look like your normal boxer, but within 10 seconds of being in the ring with her, they realise she’s not there to dance,” said a jubilant Sandygate coach Nik Tucker.

Anyone interested in joining the oldest boxing club in East Lancashire can contact Sandygate coaches Nik Tucker (07855505719) or Andy Howcroft (07866073353).