Im­pres­sive duo fly flag for MBBC

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MACCLESFIELD Boys Boxing Club have had a busy April af­ter two of their box­ers com­peted in bouts ear­lier this month.

First up was Josh An­der­ton, who trav­elled to Black­rod Am­a­teur Boxing Club in Bolton to take on home fighter Curtis Stre­gion.

The duo were com­pet­ing in a skills bout in or­der to gain ex­pe­ri­ence at the start of their re­spec­tive ca­reers.

Both boys were throw­ing their jab out in the open­ing round as they looked to find their feet, with An­der­ton hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of the suc­cess.

With each boxer now start­ing to gain con­fi­dence, they be­gan to throw left and rights in the sec­ond round.

Stre­gion man­aged to catch his op­po­nent a few times, but An­der­ton came back with sev­eral crisp clean shots of his own.

With it be­ing a skills bout, the com­peti­tors aren’t al­lowed to throw any shot they want un­til the third round, but both box­ers proved it was well worth the wait.

It turned out to be a free-for-all, with An­der­ton and Stre­gion each giv­ing it their all as they looked to gain the ad­van­tage.

Usu­ally the third round of a skills bout can be scrappy, with both lads likely to lunge for­ward in and out of range ty­ing each other up, but this cer­tainly wasn’t the case.

An­der­ton and Stre­gion ex­changed pow­er­ful shots through­out the round, with the crowd then giv­ing the boys a stand­ing ova­tion when the bell sounded to end the fight.

Both box­ers had their arms raised by the ref­eree and they will each have gained vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter a hard-fought bout.

Later that week­end, Ross Pat­ter­son was in ac­tion for MBBC as he took on Simon Fitzsim­mons from Lit­tle­bor­ough ABC.

The pair were fight­ing at a show put on by Beartown ABC at the Town Hall in Con­gle­ton, and the fans in at­ten­dance cer­tainly weren’t dis­ap­pointed.

Fitzsim­mons was taller than Pat­ter­son with a good reach and tried to use that to his ad­van­tage, but the Macclesfield fighter didn’t al­low that to hap­pen.

He con­stantly tried to push for­ward and set a good work rate, catch­ing Fitzsim­mons with sev­eral right hands dur­ing the first round.

It was more of the same in the sec­ond round for Pat­ter­son, forc­ing his op­po­nent onto the back foot and again land­ing a num­ber of sharp shots.

The con­sis­tency from Pat­ter­son meant the sec­ond round was his, with Fitzsim­mons know­ing he needed an ex­tremely strong fi­nal round if he had any hope of win­ning the con­test.

He was un­able to find suc­cess though, again strug­gling to cope with the Macclesfield’s boxer’s con­stant pres­sure as Pat­ter­son con­tin­ued to con­trol the ac­tion.

The young­ster then landed a num­ber of solid strikes on Fitzsim­mons as the fight came to an end, with the crowd show­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

It was no sur­prise to any­body in the arena when Pat­ter­son was awarded the victory by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion af­ter an im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

The wins for both Pat­ter­son and An­der­ton meant that it was a suc­cess­ful week­end for Macclesfield Boys Boxing Club.

●● Macclesfield box­ers Josh An­der­ton, left, and Ross Pat­ter­son

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