Haigh shows class de­spite poor call

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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

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