Burnley boxers enjoy second fight victories

THE sky’s the limit for two of Roche Amateur Boxing Club’s rising stars.

Tuesday, 1st November 2011, 2:00 pm

Burnley fighters Owen Thomas and Adil Hussain followed up their debut victories with further success at the weekend.

Thomas fought Fox ABC’s unbeaten prospect Terry Byker in a light-middleweight contest and went on to devastate his Manchester-based opponent. The 22-year-old sent Byker tumbling to the canvas in the second round.

“He had a great first round and went on from there,” said coach Brian Roche. “He brought his opponent on to his shot and it was a lethal right hand. First he feinted with his right hand, then connected with a left hook which was followed up with a cracking right. It was a beautiful combination.”

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Roche added: “He’s a nice boxer and he can really punch. I think he’s going to take some beating.”

Hussain faced M. Kassim of Irlam ABC in another 69kg category contest at Eccles Leisure Centre, Salford. The 21-year-old was awarded his second victory in the amateur ranks with a unanimous verdict from the ringside judges.

Roche, recently awarded East Lancashire Coach of the Year at a ceremony held at Mytton Fold, said: It was a classy performance from Adil. He put him down in the second round and the referee gave Kassim a standing count. He boxed his head off and deservedly won the boxer of the night accolade. Both fighters are on a role.”