Ross wins but James is Farg from happy
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.