Boxing action comes thick and fast at local clubs’ shows

Callum Duke
Callum Duke

Halifax BC’s Martin Lewis Cup event in aid of Overgate Hospice last Friday was an excellent last show of the season.

More than £1500 was raised in memory of Lewis, who was a great supporter of the club.

Halifax ABC Show.'Ten Bells before event starts

Halifax ABC Show.'Ten Bells before event starts

There were 16 bouts, 12 of them featuring home club fighters and before the action started people stood in silence for the traditional Ten Bells.

The show kicked off with some skills bouts and Dylan Daly and Tyler Hare showed they are making good progress.

Beau Morrison won his second fight in a row, proving too strong for Parson Cross boxer James Ball.

Joe Hinchcliffe, 12, lost a real tear up against Bailey Peddler, a very strong south paw from Roark’s gym. The referee commended both boxers.

Halifax’s Joe McLoughlin, a 15 year old super heavy weight, won his first bout in a very close fight with the Leeds Camp Detox boxer Jack Wilson.

Rhys Sanasy lost the fight of the night against Hunslet Boys’ Club’s Isaac Price. The 15 year olds showed class and super skills in a thrilling fight.

Lewis Parkinson produced a master class to win every round against Alex Green and the pair are likely to meet again on the Hunslet club’s show on May 11.

Zoheb Khan gained his second win while Oliver Robinson lost on a split decision.

Halifax club chief Mick Rowe said he had never seen the referees compliment so many fight ers in one show. “The boxing was top class and I’m so proud when I see these young fighters getting better and better.”

Rachel Lewis and Rowe were making a presentation to Overgate last night (Thursday).

Host club fighters Callum Duke and Tyler Brocklehurstdid their best to upstage Ricky Hatton at Saturday’s Hebden Bridge ABC show at The Venue, Barkisland.

Hatton, probably the best British light-welterweight fighter of all time, was at the show to see his son fight. Campbell Hatton lost to a Huddersfield Gladiators opponent and Ricky was kept busy signing autographs and posing for pictures.

There were 13 fights for the 300 and 350 spectactors.

There were wins for four out of five Bridge fighters while a sixth, 10-year-old Ethan Hewitt, showed great promise in a skills bout, which has no result.

Duke brought the evening to an exciting climax with victory in a seniors contest against Gladiators’ Oliver Littleford.

Brocklehurst, 14, showed he was over a few minor injuries with classy display against familiar foe Darren Littlewood from the Parsons Cross club in Sheffield. The pair had one win each in previous meetings.

Jools Uttley made it three wins out of three and Allan Pudney was another winner but debutant Dermuid Pritchard was beaten but far from disgraced.