Sandygate pair claim North West Minors titles in Salford

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Sandygate ABC picked up the area’s first titles of 2014, when unbeaten schoolboy prospects “Smokin’” Joe Crawford and Reiko “Riot” Rickwood both boxed in the England Boxing North West Minors Finals at Walkden 6th Form, Salford at the weekend.

First up for the Hargreaves Street club was Ightenhill’s Crawford (11) against S. Turner (Croxteth ABC).

Straight from the opening bell, the classy Crawford showed his intentions, connecting well with a lead hand which rocked Turner straight onto the back foot.

A measured round followed, with Turner resorting to holding on many occasions to dampen the onslaught from Crawford, who again dominated, showing great ring craft, connecting with lead and rear hand combinations, switching from head to body while in the clinches. The third and final round was the St Christopher’s Year 7 pupil’s finest with “Smokin’ Joe” showing why he is the talk of the sport with his super stamina coming to the fore, his work rate was as immense as it was in the first round.

Turner returned to the back foot, trying to hold on to any advances instantly, which only resulted in Crawford working the body, scoring throughout.

The Burnley boxer’s hand was raised the victor with a unanimous 3:0 verdict from all the judges ringside.

Stoops Estate’s Rickwood was next up, facing Class A 43kg Schoolboy champion M. Jeory (Preston and Fulwood ABC).

Rickwood was matched by size and frame with Jeory, but that was the only similarity as Rickwood showed total control of the bout, catching his foe with classic lead/rear straight punches to the head, rolling out of any returns, then countering with his now trademark rear upper-cut, lead hand jab.

The second, much like the first, was a one-sided affair, with the Hameldon Year 7 pupil dominating once more, cutting the large championship ring down in size so Jeory had no let-up from his long reach.

The third round saw the Sandygate prospect control once more, keeping it basic with rigid, straight punches and countering any volleys from Jeory with instant scoring blows.

Again it was a easy decision for the judges present as Rickwood’s hand was raised aloft by the man in the middle after another unanimous 3:0 score.

Both now go through to the England Boxing quarter-finals in March.

Hoping to be joining them is Griffin Estate’s Dylan “Deadly” Lord (11), who boxes against Bury ABC’s A. Javid next week for the 41.5kg title again in Salford.

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