COLNE lightweight Sam Larkin won Sandygate ABC Seniors’ first title of the new season when claiming the ABA Senior Novice North West Title in a hard-fought battle against P. Hervey of Leigh ABC at the Boxing Centre of Excellence in Gorton, Manchester.
Looking cool, calm and collected, the 21-year-old started at the bell with grace and vigour, connecting well early with a fast lead to the head.
Working off the back foot the Hargreaves Street pugilist continued to connect well and also covered up as Hervey launched a strong phase of attack.
The second round was a cracking affair with both boxers sharing the dominance in the centre of the squared circle with Larkin ending the round strongest.
The third was the Burnley-based boxer’s best as his fitness level came to the forefront, still moving around the ring at speed, shooting out a rapid jab.
Larkin started getting through the guard of Hervey, especially with his right upper-cut follow.
The fourth and final of the two-minute championship rounds saw Larkin dig to the depths, displaying deadly accurate leads.
Hervey, sensing he was behind, gave it one last volley, but Larkin was not to be moved, countering as well as connecting.
The large following was hushed as the winner was announced, with the roof raised when Larkin was named the victor on a majority verdict by the five judges ringside.
“We knew Hervey was resilient and no fool, but Sam stuck to the plan and dominated in the latter rounds” beamed Larkin’s ecstatic coach Andy Howcroft.
The next round is against the yet to be announced Midlands champion on November 4th, also in Manchester.
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