Sellars in the England spotlight

Halifax Police Boxing Club’s teenage fighter Jack Sellars has been given a chance to put himself in the international spotlight.

The Northowram fighter was one of four boxers from the club who attended a Yorkshire ABA senior training camp at the Insitute for Sport in Sheffield last weekend.

The others were county title winners Vinny Atkins and Jimmy First, who is also a national semi-finalist, and the club’s rising heavyweight star Joe Wilkinson.

No sooner had the boxers got back to Halifax than club chief Mick Rowe’s phone rang. It was head Yorkshire coach Ken Waddington asking for Redditch Cup gold medal winner Sellars to attend an England training camp this weekend.

Sellers will go to Birtley in Durham, where he will be assessed as to his merits for boxing internationally.

Rowe said the Sheffield trip had been a useful exercise. “All our lads enjoyed the training and sparring in the camp used by the Olympic boxers,” he said.

Meanwhile, Keone Holdsworth gained his first win for the club last Friday when he travelled at short notice to help fill Airedale ABC’s bill after a boxer pulled out .

Holdworth has only been at the Ladyship Mills club for a few months, one of those attracted to the sport by the London Olympics.

He was nervous in the first round but dominated the second and third rounds to gain a unanimous descion.

Club founder Rowe said the club was now busy almost every night and had five carded female boxers.

Tickets are on sale for the club’s second show of the season on February 22.

Hebden Bridge ABC fighters Hatty Nyland and George Standring had mixed luck in two very close fights.

The 24-year-old Nyland, from Todmorden, was the first female to fight for the club and she gained a majority decision against fellow debutant Paige Webb of host club Grimsby Boxing Academy last Friday.

The 57kg pair stood toe to toe for the three two minute rounds and gave everything, the crowd showing their appreciation for both fighters.

Standring, from Luddenden village, faced fellow 12-year-old John Johnson in the Yorkshire final at Havercroft Sports Centre, Wakefield last Sunday.

Traveller Johnson took an unbeaten record into the fight, which was in the 48-50kg section, but Bridge’s Clayton Varey thought his man had done enough to put a blot on it.

However, Johnson got the verdict by one point, fighting back after Standring had taken the opening round.