Mun­day must set­tle for home com­fort

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - BOX­ING

MAC­CLES­FIELD Boys’ Box­ing Club star­let Tom Mun­day suf­fered de­feat in the Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onships, though he pushed one of the best around all the way.

Mun­day was drawn against Sandy­gate ABC’s Brett Win­dle for the bout in Sal­ford, pit­ted against an op­po­nent that was last year’s re­gional cham­pion and a na­tional semi­fi­nal­ist.

It was no sur­prise that the MBBC young­ster has been putting in hard prepa­ra­tion for a tough contest at Walk­den Col­lege, Sal­ford.

Round one saw both lads come to­gether, with Win­dle cau­tious and con­trolled and wait­ing for Mun­day to at­tack so that he could counter.

As Mun­day (right) had an­tic­i­pated his op­po­nent to go straight on the of­fen­sive he had to change his game plan, and pushed for­ward with some suc­cesses, catch­ing cleanly with his back hand in what was a bril­liant open­ing round.

The sec­ond round was a faster one for Mun­day as he turned up his work rate again and pushed for­ward.

Both lads were putting it in, Win­dle catch­ing his op­po­nent with some nice left hooks and Mun­day con­tin­u­ing to find joy with clean back­hands and hooks.

Mun­day’s work rate was phe­nom­e­nal as he kept work­ing away and with Win­dle un­able to match the shots and ac­cu­racy, Mun­day def­i­nitely took that round.

The third and fi­nal round saw Mun­day grow in con­fi­dence as he threw his shots at will, show­ing great box­ing abil­ity with phased at­tacks through­out.

For his part, Win­dle showed great strength as he threw nu­mer­ous counter-punches.

As they traded blows in the cen­tre of the ring both landed and were caught by a host of punches.

This was a close bout to call, as Win­dle had thrown nu­mer­ous shots on tar­get but Mun­day out-worked his op­po­nent,

He’d caught Win­dle with as many clean shots, draw­ing blood at one point, and as the bell went MBBC coaches felt con­fi­dent of get­ting the decision.

How­ever, when the re­sult was an­nounced it was Win­dle who’d been awarded the vic­tory, prompt­ing Mun­day to con­grat­u­late him and wish him good luck in next week’s semi-fi­nals.

Mun­day was nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed but the loss could be a bless­ing in dis­guise.

Be­ing with­out a match in the na­tion­als means he can now look to give his sup­port­ers the op­por­tu­nity to see him chalk up a home vic­tory at the club’s showcase, which takes place at Wilm­slow Leisure Cen­tre on Fe­bru­ary 6.

To make sure you don’t miss out on tick­ets drop into the cen­tre or call 07984 387419.

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