Ross wins but James is Farg from happy

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - BOX­ING

AT the Mier ABC show in Long­ton, Stoke, Mac­cles­field’s Ross Pat­ter­son took on one of the home coach’s sons, Dan Davies.

Tak­ing the bout late in the day Pat­ter­son’s in­struc­tions were to use the ex­pe­ri­ence he’d gained in New York when he boxed a Mex­i­can fighter and set the same pace, work hard and be strong through­out, avoid­ing be­ing dragged into an all-out brawl.

The clear home favourite, Davies was un­der pres­sure as the MBBC lad went to work from the start. Coaches Pete Mun­day and John Wat­son told him not to wait as long be­fore throw­ing his punches when he re­turned to the cor­ner.

The next two rounds saw Pat­ter­son con­tinue to track Davies down, with ex­cel­lent com­bi­na­tions sub­du­ing the home crowd. When the unan­i­mous decision was given it was no sur­prise that Pat­ter­son’s arm was raised. It was a de­served win after a fine per­form- ance on his first out­ing of his sea­son.

Next for him is the ju­nior novice cham­pi­onships, which he’ll go into with con­fi­dence.

In the pre­vi­ous night’s show at Fen­ton Manor, MBBC’s James Farghaly was con­tro­ver­sially beaten by host club Houl­ton Abbey’s Ar­ron Bates.

Farghaly put on a fine show against an op­po­nent he’d al­ready beaten in a pre­vi­ous match. Although both started ten­ta­tively, Farghaly was land­ing some nice, ac­cu­rate counter shots.

Bates came for­ward and looked more ag­gres­sive in round two but Farghaly caught him ev­ery time as he stepped in, dom­i­nat­ing this round as well.

Farghaly pushed for­ward more in the third but the decision was the big­gest shock of the night for the MBBC coaches and their young charge, as Bates was awarded the win on a split decision.

“It’s so dif­fi­cult for us as coaches as each re­gion we go in the judg­ing is dif­fer­ent and to hon­est I don’t know what they are look­ing for in the boxer,” coc­neded MBBC coach Kev Brad­bury.

“James boxed beau­ti­fully, looked to be in con­trol and worked hard through­out so I can’t help but won­der what you have to do to take the win other than knock­ing your op­po­nent out.” ST Pauls widened their lead at the top of the league with an 8-0 win over No­mads.

Steve Poyn­ton’s breaks of 74 and 42 proved vi­tal in that match.

Sport­ing Club moved up to sec­ond place with a 6-2 win over Mot­tram, Steve Stokes en­joy­ing a break of 43.

Else­where Dis­ley beat Lib­eral Club 8-0.

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