Burnley’s Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s hottest prospect Brett “Wrekin’” Windle (15) hoped for double delight over the weekend, setting out to retain his North West Boxing Junior title at Walkden, Manchester.
Gannow’s Windle, already ranked number three in England, drew another top performer in Tameside’s Alex Clegg (16, Ashton Albion ABC) - an England International - in the semi-final stage, a bout many thought worthy of the national final itself.
The opening two minute round was a full-on clash of power, as both pugilists have an aggressive technique.
Windle was under instruction to engage and move throughout, setting the pace, causing Clegg to miss with his menacing upper-cuts, countering the mistakes with his rear hand looping over the tight guard of Clegg.
Windle returned to the corner one up.
The second round was to be Clegg’s as this mouth-watering clash see-sawed, with both boys showing why they were ranked in the top four of the country.
The third and final was the best by far with the Shuttleworth Year 11 pupil’s immense fitness showing keeping Clegg on the back foot.
Windle rolled and switched attacks with venom, scoring the cleaner shots before returning to a tight guard. It was to a hushed sold-out auditorium that the winner was announced, in favour on a split-decision to the impressive Windle. Both young boxers left the ring to huge applause, also earning the bout-of-the-day award.
With only one night’s rest, Windle returned to the Championship venue to face old foe Preston’s Matty Patel (16, Larches and Savik ABC) in the North West Region 54kg Final - a re-run of the 2013 final.
Windle returned to his original all out style against the taller Patel, closing down the ring, catching him with hooks to the body and head, switching the target area with measured phases.
The second and third again saw the impressive Burnley boxer dominate, with combinations flowing, his ringcraft overwhelming the durable Patel, catching him in each attack. It was no surprise when the MC announced the unanimous verdict in favour of Windle.
Also boxing for the Championship title, Sandygate’s Regan Driver (15, 70kg) narrowly missed out on a split descion to Leigh ABC’s J. Price in a cracking tear up.
Brett now joins fellow Sandygate Junior NW Champions Will Smith and Brendan Collins in the England Boxing (ABAs) Pre-Quarter-Finals on the 17th against the Merseyside and Cheshire champions at Walkden.