Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s “Bam-Bam” Brendan Collins won a place in the England Boxing (ABA) Junior Novice 50kg National Championship Final, after a War of the Roses against Yorkshire champion A. Saeed of Sheffield Top Lane at The Clowne Arc Centre, Derbyshire.
The first round was a timid affair with both boys feeling each other out.
Saeed’s reach advantage was apparent giving the 15-year-old Collins the front foot option, rolling under the advances to work the body well, catching his taller foe with more accurate punching as the Shuttleworth Year 11 pupil ended the round on the up.
The second was a much more controlled encounter, with Collins’ work rate doubling, as did the amount of hooks landing to the body.
At one point the very durable White Rose boxer audibly gasped as the Burnley boxer landed a well-executed left hook while on the ropes.
The third and final round, with everything at stake, saw Saeed forget the back foot and come out to fight, which given the way the very exciting Red Rose pugilist goes about his business, was a strange decision.
Rolling the switches of attack from head to body kept Collins in full control of the bout, and it was to loud support that the Sandygate boxer’s hand was raised the winner, earning a unanimous decision from all judges ringside.
Collins now faces a National Final on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent tomorrow against the South of England champion Tom Price of Gravesham ABC.
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