Fine victories for Josh Armstead and Jack Sellars have helped ease the disappointment of Vinny Atkins’ loss in the Yorkshire ABA finals.
Atkins started favourite against Parsons Cross ABC’s Mitchell Osbourne at Herringthorpe WMC, Rotherham, being the 75kg Yorkshire champion.
However, Atkins didn’t bring his A game and although Halifax club chief Mick Rowe thought he had done enough to win the fight, the five judges ringside gave it 3-2 to Osbourne.
Rowe said: “Vinny almost stopped him in the third but it was all too little too late.
“In amateur boxing you must win the first round or you run the risk of losing.”
Armstead travelled to Leeds for an eagerly awaited rematch with Billy Yip from Kellys ABC.
The 22-year-old Armstead had beaten Yip on Halifax’s last show at Ladyship Mills, which Kellys thought their man had won,
This time Yip had home advantage and a roaring crowd but it made no difference as Armstead won every round for a unanimous decision.
Rowe said fitness had been the deciding factor, which was amazing as Armstead had only been with the club since summer, when inspired by Britain’s Olympic success.
“Josh quit smoking and came to the club, where our coaches made him feel nothing was impossible. He has turned all his hard work into two wins,” said Rowe.
Sellars travelled to a dinner show at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford to box ArmthorpeABC’s Ryan Stevenson.
The 19-year-old Sellars, who has been at the club since he was 11 and trained with the likes of Ricky Hatton, fell ill with ‘flu on Wednesday and the fight looked in jeopardy.
However, Sellars is a dedicated athlete, turned up less than 100 per cent and still beat his opponent unanimously.
“Jack gets stronger every year and people are taking notice,” said Rowe.
Unison sponsored the head guards the three boxers wore and Rowe (07870266002) is looking for further backers to help with kit.
Halifax have two more shows to host this season, on Friday, April 26 and the Yorkshire Challenge Belt charity show on May 17.