Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s John “Too Smooth” Smith had his first senior bout at the weekend in Manchester.
The 17-year-old took on well-travelled Bury ABC’s Rennie Brian (27) at the Darnhill and Heywood show.
Straight from the opening bell, last year’s England Junior ABA Novice Finalist Smith dominated with his rigid left hand, moving well in the squared circle, cutting down his more experienced foe with a very penetrating jab and well timed combinations.
The second saw the Bury man dig deep in his rounds of experience and produce a more even round, although the Holmes Street boxer was still ahead on the score cards ringside.
The third and final round saw the Sandygate fighter come into his own after a blistering attack of double jabs, followed by a very powerful back hand, and the man in the middle had no choice but to stop the contest in favour of the Burnley boxer to much applause from the knowledgeable fistic fight fans.
“John stepped up to the plate, giving away weight, experience and 10 years, but he trains hard and is very mature in his boxing keeping to our game plan, and we hope to reach the ABA Finals again” stated a jubilant Sandygate ABC coach Andy Howcroft.
“Cracking display” beamed coach and matchmaker John Brindle.
The popular Burnley club also now look forward to another ABA Schoolboy Finalist, as unbeaten James “Kimbo” Kimberley (11) faces Kai Hume (Newbiggin ABC) in the ABA Minor Class at Liverpool tomorrow.
Anyone interested in taking up the noble art can contact Nik Tucker (juniors) on 07855505719, or Andy Howcroft (seniors) on 07866073353.