Pride in de­feat for Macc fighter

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - BOX­ING

IN Mac­cles­field Boys’ Box­ing Club’s first out­ing of the new sea­son it was open-class boxer Jake Haigh who got this year’s cam­paign un­der way.

Hav­ing taken the bout at Leigh Con­ser­va­tive Club at only 24 hours’ no­tice Haigh was ap­pre­hen­sive as he en­tered the ring to take on a very tal­ented lo­cal lad by the name of Kyle Lo­motey.

The home boxer is a very strong classy boxer and had the whole room be­hind him. His south­paw stance threw Haigh off his game ini­tially but he was soon com­fort­ably deal­ing with it.

Both showed great box­ing abil­ity and the crowd was loving ev­ery minute, both lads get­ting some fan­tas­tic shots off and work­ing the inside.

The close contest edged to­wards Lo­motey to­wards the end of the sec­on­dround when he landed a a clean, straight shot.

Haigh goaded Lo­motey for­ward as he cov­ered up and took the on­slaught that ended with the bell.

The best was yet to come in the third round, with nei­ther giv­ing an inch.

Out of nowhere Haigh got four or five straight clean shots through Lo­motey’s de­fences, all hit­ting the tar­get as he strug­gled to cover up.

It looked like it was go­ing to be an eight count as the crowd fell silent, both lads showed heart right up to the fi­nal bell and the decision could have gone ei­ther way but on the night it went to the home fighter Lo­motey on a split decision.

MBBC kead coach Kevin Brad­bury said: “I’m so proud of the fact that Haigh ac­tu­ally dug into the trenches and gave it his all, right up to the fi­nal bell.

“It was a fan­tas­tic dis­play from both kids and – to say we’d taken the bout with only 24 hrs no­tice – it was a bril­liant contest.”

●● Jake Haigh (right) lost on a split decision to Kyle Lo­motey

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