Earby’s Keenan impresses on debut in Congleton skills bout

Keenan 'Jerry' Maguire in action
Keenan 'Jerry' Maguire in action

Earby’s Keenan “Jerry” Maguire made his ring debut for Sandygate ABC in a skills bout in Congleton at the weekend.

Maguire, 10, opened the Beartown ABC show at Congleton Town Hall against home fighter K. Ward.

He was followed by Nelson’s Hasan “Conquer” Khan (10) up against local D. Wright-Wilson (10, Beartown ABC), also competing in a skills contest, with both boys performing excellently in the non-verdict contests.

The show didn’t faze the local lads away from home against a vocal local support.

Also in action was he another of the Burnley club’s prospects.

Will “Bad Boy” Smith was looking to keep his perfect season intact.

The 15-year-old took on the Potteries’ J.Bettaney (15, Hulton Abbey ABC) in a three two-minute round 65kg contest.

From the opening bell, Harle Syke’s Smith’s height advantage was apparent, making great use of his long reach, connecting well and with power as Bettaney soon realised he was in for a tough night.

The second was the Blessed Trinity Year 11 pupil’s finest, scoring with his rear hand, keeping his experienced foe on the back foot throughout, working in the clinches and phasing with his attacks.

The impressive Smith was coasting.

The third and final round left the judges ringside in no doubt as Smith continued to score with his lead, double rear hand combination, so it was to no surprise the Burnley youngster’s hand was raised the victor with a unanimous 3-0 decision.

For anyone interested in joining the Burnley club, classes start from eight-year-olds to adults, and for more information, contact 07855505719 or go to www.sandygateabc.com