Sandygate boxers impress in Blackburn

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SANDYGATE Amateur Boxing Club travelled the short distance to Shadsworth Leisure Centre, Blackburn for their latest outing.

Reagan “Jock” Driver (13) took on Blackburn’s A. Egan (Fit-2XL ABC) in a schoolboy bout of three one-and-a--half-minute rounds.

Hoping to keep his unbeaten record, young Driver piled out in the first to show his intent, throwing a heavy weighted lead rear hand combo, which sent his opponent’s head reeling back.

Keeping a tight guard, Driver controlled the contest, moving forward throughout, scoring well with his rigid right.

The second and third were much the same, with Driver rallying a measured performance, giving the judges ringside and the home support no question of the outcome, as the Sandygate pugilist’s hand was raised.

Hoping to make the night a clean sweep, light welterweight Joe “Silent” Knight (19) was out to keep the Blackburn crowd quiet when facing the much-fancied home boxer B. Riddell (Fit-2XL ABC).

The first round was a torrid affair, with both boxers throwing countless punches, testing their opponent’s defences, with Knight (pictured) coming out on top, rolling under a swinging right and connecting with a lightening left hook before moving back to centre.

The second two-minute round saw Knight start to dominate, countering well in this very measured performance, controlling Riddell’s advances, using great ring craft and classy footwork.

The third and final round saw Knight increase the work rate in this very energetic encounter.

Working off his jab, Knight switched his phases of attack with telling results, catching Riddell even when returning to the back foot.

It was to no ones surprise when Knight earned a unanimous verdict.

“Joe boxed a clever fight, using his strengths to the max” smiled coach Andy Howcroft.

Also boxing last week, Griffin estate’s “Bam-Bam” Brendan Collins (13) made his first appearance into the squared circle when matched against J. Taylor (Buxton ABC) in a bout of skill for the Hameldon Year 9 pupil.

Brett Windle (14) was not so lucky, narrowly missing out on a majority verdict against home boxer L. Colclough (Stoke ABC) also on the Potteries show.

“Brett and Brendan both put in good displays, I cant moan about Brett’s verdict as it was a close bout.

“As for “Jock” Driver, boxing that well with a hostile Blackburn crowd showed real grit and determination.

“It’s always nice to win against our neighbours!” beamed Sandygate coach Nik Tucker.

Anyone interested in tryIng their hand at boxing can contact the club via the website