Unanimous verdict for NW champion

Reiko 'Riot' Rickwood
Reiko 'Riot' Rickwood

Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s North West champion and National Minors finalist Reiko “Riot” Rickwood graced the canvas once more last week.

The 12-year-old faced Blackpool’s J.Smith (Sharpstyle ABC) at Walkden, Manchester in a contest of three one-and-a-half minute rounds.

The first saw Rickwood’s aggressive style put the wary Smith onto the backfoot.

Dominating proceedings the Hameldon year 8 pupil caught Smith with his rigid rear hand frequently.

The second and third again saw a commanding performance from the Stoops Estate pugilist, who again made good use of his long reach and no nonsense style.

It was to be a unanimous verdict by all judges ringside in favour of the Sandygate boxer, who now looks forward to hopefully regaining his title in the National Schoolboys’ Championships in April, and improving on his number two ranking in England.

Blessed Trinity’s James “Elvis” Danson (14) narrowly missed out on a split decision against Rossendale ABC’s C.Holland in a contest which could have gone either way.

Anyone interested in taking up the noble art can find information on the club’s website www.sandygateabc.com

• Former Sandygate ABC fighter Shayne Singleton has been matched with Eddie Hearn’s rising star Sam Eggington.

Unbeaten Trawden ace “Singy” will take on the Birmingham-born pugilist at the Hull Ice Arena on Saturday, March 7th - provisionally for Singleton’s WBC International Silver welterweight title.

Tickets for the show - which also features Luke Campbell MBE and Rocky Fielding and Tommy Coyle - are available from Shayne on 07857476485.