They’ve got some way to go to emulate their idol just yet, but a Sandygate ABC trio certainly caught the eye of former world champion Ricky Hatton.
The ‘Hitman’, who was named Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine in 2005, was ringside at St Kentigern’s Social Club in Manchester as Sulayman Khan, Stuart Reilly and Reece Farnhill all impressed.
The young amateur fighters helped their club kickstart the season in style at the Macauley Moran Memorial show hosted by St John’s ABC.
Blessed Trinity’s Year 9 pupil Khan faced tough opposition in T. Beresford (Asthon ABC) with both boys throwing everything.
The 13-year-old was connecting with more frequency and kept his composure when the durable Mancunian took the fight to him.
Khan’s fitness shone in the third and final round as the Burnley boxer earned a unanimous decision victory.
Stoops Estate’s ‘Rocket’ Reilly entered the squared circle next for the Hargreaves Street outfit against Seasider J. Boswell (Sharpstyle ABC).
The 12-year-old’s foe had the height advantage but Reilly bobbed and weaved under the long reach and never took a single step back for three rounds.
The youngster stuck to the centre of the ring and countered with aggression to be awarded a majority decision triumph by the officials.
The main event saw Sandygate’s England Novice Champion Reece Farnhill box England international Bradley Rea (St John’s ABC) in what was a corking contest.
Rea edged the close affair against the 19-year-old Sabden pugilist on a split-decision.
The club will hold its ninth annual awards night tonight at The Prairie Sports Village with all past and present Sandygate members welcome to attend. Doors open at 7-30 p.m.