BURNLEY ABC has ended the year on a high, and coach Wayne Bennett is predicting that there’s bigger things to come from his fighters in the 2013 calendar.
The year culminated at Bradford’s Cedar House Hotel where the burgeoning Burnley club gained two fantastic victories, one coming by way of a stoppage in the second round.
Unfortunately though there were also two losses among Bennett’s ranks, both on split decisions against home fighters backed by a vociferous following.
First up was 12-year-old Tommy Ellsmore, boxing against Platinum ABC’s prospect Jake Leeming, who had an unblemished record from two bouts.
However, this didn’t faze the Burnley boxer who outclassed his foe with his counter punching skills and excellent footwork straight from the first bell, before winning the fight on a majority verdict by all four judges.
Next up was 15-year-old Alex Fisk, boxing against Hull’s Vulcan ABC’s George Shields.
The talented teenager immediately commandeered the centre of the ring, putting his opponent on the back foot and up against the ropes, and then unleashing sharp and powerful shots to his head and body, giving him a standing count in the first round.
The referee then had to step in and put an end to the contest in the first minute of the second round, giving Alex his first stoppage, leaving him hungry for more success next year.
After a superb start for the club, it was Kelvyn Forley and Archie Storrier’s turn to showcase their skills, but unfortunately the pair didn’t get the results they wanted against Platinum ABC home show fighters Brett Hawthorne and Kevin Pratt respectively.
Both bouts were competitive, very evenly-matched, against home show boxers who had more experience under their belts.
But the Burnley ABC duo gave a good account of themselves and were seemingly the more relaxed and versatile fighters against their opponents, who opted to charge forward with big overhand swings and grabbing tactics.
Burnley ABC is planning its own show early next year as the club’s reputation continues to flourish.