Trawden’s Knight earns points win

Trawden boxer Joe Knight
Trawden boxer Joe Knight

Trawden’s Joe Knight was in action with Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club on the Fox ABC home show in Moston, Manchester home of Anthony Crolla.

The North West ABA Senior light welterweight champion, 20, faced a home boxer J.Bulger in a bout of three three-minute rounds.

The first saw Knight demonstrate why he is so highly thought of, keeping centre and pushing the fit Bulger onto the back foot throughout, catching him on the counter and working well on the inside.

The second saw the Sandygate boxer up his work rate, switching his attack with ease as the points kept totting up.

The third and final was Knight’s best, as his superb fitness came to the fore, connecting well, rolling under the rigid lead, hooking Bulger’s body with sickening power then switching from body to head.

It was no surprise ringside when Sandygate’s Knight was handed the points victory.

Meanwhile, Will ‘Bad-Boy’ Smith (15) stopped S. Mohammad (Fox ABC) in a contest of three two-minute rounds.

The first was a tepid affair, with the taller Smith keeping centre.

The second saw a more confident Smith come out, using his reach advantage to good effect, his range-finding lead hand dropped the tight guard of Mohammad, allowing his ram-rod of a rear to connect with devastating accuracy.

In the third, straight from the bell he unleashed a barrage of long, straight hands, and after one such attack, the man-in-the-middle had no option but to administer a standing eight count to the home boxer.

As soon as the referee restarted the contest, Smith went unloaded punch after punch and the referee had no choice but to end the contest.

Brett Windle (15) narrowly lost out by one point to William Crolla (Fox ABC), younger brother to British champion Anthony in a cracking affair.

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