Haigh shows class despite poor call
NORTHWEST Regional champion Jake Haigh was drawn to box Tyne Tees Champion Reece Ellis from the very impressive Spennymoor ABC in County Durham.
This was a massive event with boxers from all over the North of England competing, so there was plenty of support. Macclesfield Boys Boxing Club member Haigh and his opponent, who were the 14th bout of the day.
Round one saw Ellis come out like a bull at a gate, throwing combinations at speed, setting a fast work pace and leaving nothing to chance.
Unfortunately, Haigh didn’t use his height advantage and decided to go toe to toe and give as good as he was getting.
Ellis looked more comfortable working at short range and looked to edge the first round.
Round Two saw Haigh using his head and boxing at long range. With Ellis frustrated, he was trying everything to close the gap.
On a couple of occasions both players were warned about the use of heads. Then, out of nowhere, the referee pulled them apart and proceeded to deduct a point from Haigh, much to the dismay of the crowd.
This was disappointing, as Haigh was well up in the round and the referee’s decision had cost him the round.
Round Three saw Ellis leaving nothing to chance, pushing forward from the start.
Haigh was keeping it at range with some success but, as the round entered the closing 20 seconds, Haigh took a clean shot. He did not falter in any way although the referee commenced a count.
Then, out of the blue, he waved the fight over, much to the shock of Haigh who was ready to go again.
The crowd were booing the ref as there were only ten seconds left.
An MBBC spokesman said: “This was an unbelievable decision and really disheartening, as there was so little time left and these were Elite boxers.
“While Haigh knew he had not boxed the right fight and and as such realised the best boxer won in the day, the manner in which the referee stopped the bout was highly questionable.”
While disgruntled and upset, Haigh nevertheless shook the hand of his opponent and wished him well.
Haigh now prepares for a massive event in May where he will be boxing on a prestigious boxing show in Stoke against the best of the Army along with other colleagues from the gym George Parish and young Scott Attwards.
●● Jack Haigh