Sandygate ABC sensations shine bright on their travels

Sandygate ABC's Reece Farnhill
Sandygate ABC's Reece Farnhill
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Boxers at Burnley’s Sandygate ABC certainly don’t suffer from travel sickness as they dominated on the road.

North West CYP champion Reece Farnhill, 18, faced Dudley’s J. Shakespheare (Lions ABC) in a 69kg three-round contest at The Hollywood Club in the Midlands.

The impressive teenager’s height advantage was apparent as the two squared off at the first bell with his long lead penetrating Shakespeare’s guard.

Farnhill switched from body to head with rear hand hooks which seemed to tame his shroud opponent as the Midlander tried to counter measure to measure.

The second once again was the Burnley boxer’s as the frustrated Shakespeare was warned for holding repeatedly by the man-in-the-middle but it was much ado about nothing as Farnhill worked in the clinches well with his rear hand hook combinations.

The third and final three minutes saw the relentless barrages from the Hargreaves Street pugilist start to take its toll on Shakespeare who again resorted to tying the controlling Farnhill. The verdict was never in question, with Farnhill awarded the contest unanimously.

Meanwhile, the club’s juniors made the short trip to the coast for the Sharpstyle ABC home show at The Layton Institute, Blackpool. North West Minors champion Rio Lynch, 12, fought D. Robb (Sharpstyle ABC) in a bout of three by one-and-a-half minute rounds.

Straight from the off Lynch totally controlled proceedings rolling under the advances of the experienced Robb and catching him with a long, looping right hook.

The away fighter frequently danced in and out of danger, countering at will, in an impressive opening stanza.

The second once again saw the Hameldon Year 8 pupil contain the forward thinking Fylde coast fighter as he countered on the back foot before springing forward to utilise his jab.

The first 30 seconds of the final round were explosive as both fighters gave everything, exchanging blow for blow, with neither willing to take a backwards step.

However, Lynch’s dominance in the build up was telling as he earned his club another unanimous victory.

Hameldon’s Reiko Rickwood, 13, narrowly lost out on a split decision against a much improved J. Smith (Sharpstyle ABC) with it now standing at one apiece for the competitive boxers.

James Danson, 15, looked to get the East Lancashire club back to winning ways when faced against home town favourite C. Coulburn (Sharpstyle ABC) in a three-round contest.

The first two-minute spell showcased the aggressive style of the Year 10 Blessed Trinity pupil as he forced his taller opponent on to the back foot, reverting from body to head and vice-versa with frequent rear hand hooks.

In the second round, sensing he was behind, Coulburn took the lead pushing the stocky Danson to the ropes. However, the Sandygate representative’s tight guard held firm and he countered with aggressive intent.

Finally, the talented Burnley teenager bobbed and weaved under Coulburn’s long reach to work the home fighter’s body with destructive power and bullish determination and even scored well off a short lead hand.

In the aftermath, all three ringside judges awarded the contest in Danson’s favour.

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