urnley Mechanics played host to a memorable sold-out dinner show last Thursday night for Sandygate ABC.
The club gave all profits from the event to Clarets Cheer and Dance - a not-4-profit organisation who are moving above the boxing club on Hargreaves Street.
The first two opening bouts of the evening were non-decision skills bouts between Wellfield Primary pupil Nathan “Tyson” Danson (11) and R.Amies (Jennings ABC) and Blessed Trinity Year 7 pugilist Bram “Pretty-Boy” Richmond (11) and A.Sheperd (Love ABC).
Both Sandygate youngsters dominated all three rounds and displayed great ring craft through-out.
The first contest of the evening saw unbeaten Rio “DJ” Lynch (11) earn a unanimous verdict against K.Morley (Clayton ABC), as the Hameldon year 7 pupil dominated proceedings.
Reiko “Riot” Rickwood (12) narrowly missed out against A.Javid (Bury ABC) on a split decision, while Blessed Trinity’s year 9 pupil James “Elvis” Danson (14) beat J.Bailey (Jennings ABC) as the pair made their.
Unbeaten “Hurricane” Harvey Fletcher (13) won a unanimous verdict in a slug-fest against L.Farrelly (Rossendale ABC), before Connor Barrow (16) made his debut, in a cracker of a contest against A.Khan (Step Olympic ABC), wearing down a durable opponent to also claim a unanimous win.
Another unbeaten prospect Reece Farnhill (16) made it another win for Sandygate against D.Ali (Chadderton ABC), and next up was a title fight for the vacant 50kg North West Regional Belt between North West Junior Novice champion Brendan “Bam-Bam” Collins (15) and F.Perry (Fox ABC).
The Shuttleworth Year 11 pupil dominated and got better as the fight went on, to claim the strap.
Burnley College Student Brandon Hartley (18) lost to J.Bateman (Bredbury and Stockport ABC) in a well matched contest, and ending the show was the main event - North West Champion Brett “Wrekin’” Windle (16) against Merseyside Champion L.Pennington (Kirkby ABC).
The classy Pennington got the better of Windle in last year’s National semi-finals, but Windle had the edge this time, earning a unanimous verdict.
Meanwhile, Collins (15) - on the back of his North West Regional title win - subsequently won by split decision against Tyne Tees and Wear shampion G.Rollins (Horden ABC) in the England Boxing Junior Novice National 50kg Championships quarter-finals in Walkden two days later.
He now boxes on Sunday in Derbyshire against the Yorkshire champion A.Saeed (Sheffield Lane Top ABC) in the last four.