Hat-trick of victories for Macc at Congleton
MACCLESFIELD Amateur Boxing Club were able to pick up three victories after competing in an action-packed Beartown ABC show at Congleton Town Hall.
Ten-year-old Zac Jones was up first for Macclesfield ABC, having recently celebrated his birthday on October 2.
He was up against fellow 10-year-old Martin Mongon, who boxed out of the accredited Bridgewater ABC in Salford.
The pair competed in a skills bout, which allows them to get to grips with the nerves of boxing without the added pressure of a winner and loser being selected.
Round one saw Jones landing the cleaner shots, connecting with several straight left hands.
Mongon did have success though, throwing and landing with several of his own punches.
Jones still remained the stronger competitor in round two and appeared to be more comfortable in the ring than his opponent.
After two rounds of clean crisp shots, the duo opted for a scrappier affair in the final round, throwing numerous punches from all different angles.
The final bell rung to loud cheers from the audience, who applauded both boxers after an enjoyablebout.
Next up for Macclesfield was Josh Farghaly, who went up against Josh Grosz from Kirby ABC in Liverpool.
Farghaly, pictured above right, has boxing blood in his family, with his two other brothers also competing in the sport.
Grosz came out of the blocks flying as the fight begun, but Farghaly had his measure from the start and proceeded to catch his opponent at will. The Macclesfield boxer was encouraged to step in on his shots and it proved to be effective, pushing Grosz back as he looked to be edging away.
Round two saw Grosz come out with more venom in his shots, but he looked to tire as the round went on, allowing Farghaly to finish the round strongly.
The final round was a more even affair, but Farghaly again looked to be in control, landing a number of clean shots.
The fight went the distance, with the judges awarding the fight to Farghaly via split decision, though many of the crowd believed it should have been a clear unanimous verdict for the Macclesfield boxer.
Macclesfield’s final bout of the evening saw Tom Munday, below right, taking on Sunny Connolly from the Wirral Community Boxing Club.
Munday is seen as the hardest working in the gym, and has been on the wrong end of some unfortunate decisions recently. The fight started with Connolly throwing some hard shots, but Munday appeared unfazed as was able to take them on the gloves.
The Macclesfield boxer then landed with shots of his own, employing a fast work rate right up until the bell.
Round two kicked off with Munday keeping to the instructions from the corner and working the lead back hand by throwing threes and fours to keep the pressure on.
Munday’s success was beginning to tell as Connolly appeared to be struggling with the pressure, prompting the referee to give the Wirral boxer an eight count just as round two came to an end.
Connolly appeared to be physically exhausted as he went back to his corner, resulting in the coaches retiring their man at the end of round two, handing Munday the TKO victory.
Munday’s victory meant Macclesfield ABC were able to celebrate three wins on a fun night of boxing in Congleton.
●● Zac Jones, 10, of Macclesfield ABC with opponent Martin Mongon