Local fighters in fine fettle!

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Burnley’s Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club’s schoolboy boxers hit the ring in style recently at the Fence Gate Inn.

Gracing the apron for the first time, Reece “Rocky” Jackson (11) pitted his skills against K. Hill of Gloves ABC, and straight from the off, the Year 6 Lord Street primary student’s rapid jab and great footwork dazzled his taller foe. The second one-minute round saw Jackson penetrate Hill, and the third saw both young debutants give it their all.

Rosegrove’s Brett Windle (12) faced L. McCrory (Gorton ABC) at 46kg in what turned into a one-sided affair. The first round saw Windle dominant, keeping centre and not taking a backward step, moving from head to body with ease. The second saw the Shuttleworth College student put some real power in his shots, opening up McCrory with clinical right hooks which never seemed to miss their target. “Banger” Brett certainly lived up to his nick-name when he came out in the final round, keeping centre once more, and a blustering combination sent his Mancunian opponent reeling. The judges gave the Sandygate boxer a unanimous verdict.

Nelson’s Charlie Martin (13) was matched against Congleton’s C. Keeler (Beartown ABC). Coming out at the first bell, Martin stalked his prey down, scoring with body shots galore and covering up with ease.

Showing a full repertoire of offence as well as defence, Martin once again dominated the minute and half to take round two. The final round was much like the first two, one way, earning Martin a unanimous victory as well as the Boxer of The Night mantle, with International and Olympic refereeing hopeful Alvin Finch praising the young Pendle pugilist.

The club now look forward to their first open show of 2011 on May 14th at the New Era Complex.

Anyone wishing to take up the noble art can contact Nik Tucker 07855505719 or Andy Howcroft on 07866073353.