Keleher set for pro debut

Hebden Bridge BC boxers on the trip to Tenerife
Hebden Bridge BC boxers on the trip to Tenerife

Former Hebden Bridge BC boxer Luke Keleher will make his professional debut in Leeds this week.

Keleher, who has had a successful 31-fight amateur career, has been training at Chris Aston’s gym in Linthwaite, Huddersfield for the last couple of months.

Aston has looked after fighters such as his son Tyrone Nurse from Huddersfield and Halifax boxers Liam Walsh, Scott Gladwin and Richard Bitner.

Keleher’s first fight in the paid ranks will be against Scotland’s Martin McCord at a show at the Leeds United Banqueting Suite, Elland Road on Friday.

McCord, a 20-year-old southpaw from Ayr in Scotland, has had one win and one draw from five pro fights.

Aston believes he will provide a decent first test at welterweight for Keleher, who lives in Hebden Bridge and works in the building trade.

Tickets are available from Keleher on 07933840144

Halifax Police BC has added a fourth woman to its list of fighters - Brooke Scully, the sister of the club’s successful boxer Kyle.

Brooke made her debut at Hartlepool last Friday and although outpointed by the more experienced Shauna Taylor from Hartlepool Catholic ABC, she landed some great shots.

The Halifax club’s Mick Rowe said: “A first fight is always the most difficult and I have no doubt Brooke will come back and be a champion just like her brother.”

Halifax did have a winner on the bill - Josh Stokes, who put on a blistering show for a unanimous points victory.

Tickets for the club’s show in aid of Overgate Hospice on April 25 go on sale shortly.

Hebden Bridge BC chief Clayton Varey said a six-day training trip to Tenerife had been a huge success.

Eleven club members, plus six from West Leeds ABC, made the trip to Playa de las Americas for some warm weather training.

They were hosted by Manuel and Yady Povandeo, who run a boxing club in the gym at the football stadium in the popular resort. Varey had met them whilst on holiday.

The boxers ran in the mornings, either along the sea front or up the island’s famous Mount Teide volcano, swam and lifted weights in the afternoons and then met up in the gym at 6pm for sparring.

The visitors were helping their hosts prepare for a boxing show in nearby Los Christianos last Friday.

Varey said: “It was the first time we have been and it was absolutely great.”

Bridge’s George Standring will face an unbeaten fighter from Coventry in the British ABA schoolboy quarter-finals at Sunderland this weekend.