Sandygate boxers celebrate their success

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Fighters at Sandygate ABC are already adding titles to their end-of-season awards.

The new term is in its embryonic stages but the Burnley club already has a champion.

Blessed Trinity year 10 pupil James Danson collected the North West Novice strap at 63kg before making it in to the last four in England at his weight.

The 14-year-old beat Midlands champion E. Adcock (Aston ABC) at the quarter-final stage but was finally edged out by last year’s national supremo D. Dixon (Manor ABC).

Meanwhile, 12-year-old Bram Richmond, who was presented with the up-and-coming talent accolade, kept his unbeaten record intact when he out-pointed, out-muscled and out-classed Sale West’s D. Brown.

Unity College’s Sam Walsh also received an up-and-coming talent award at the club’s presentation evening held in the Bistro Room at Burnley Mechanics.

Sandygate’s 12-year-old North West champion Rio Lynch’s thrilling contest against Birmingham’s C. Smith was voted bout of the year.

Harvey Fletcher (13) picked up the most improved junior award for the second time while Pike Hill’s 18-year-old pugilist Connor Barrow picked up the same award in the senior category.

The Howard Rigg Boxer of the Year award went to England Novice champion Brendan Collins (16) following a fantastic campaign which saw him earn an invite to train with the England junior team.

The big winner of the evening, though, was Sabden 17-year-old Reece Farnhill who claimed the senior boxer of the year title and the Bob Rosbotham Trophy while his exhilarating clash with Cumbrian D. Moore was voted bout of the year in the senior category.

The club would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, coaches and boxers who have helped in producing last season’s tally of one National Champion and seven North West Regional champions.

Anybody interested in joining the club can call 07855 505719 for details or visit the club website at