Impressive duo fly flag for MBBC
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