Jen­nings bridges wide gap in ex­pe­ri­ence

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MACCLESFIELD Boy’s Boxing Club were in ac­tion again dur­ing the week­end as sev­eral of their box­ers com­peted against Wild House ABC at the Brickcroft So­cial Club in Rochdale.

Ryan Jen­nings was fight­ing in his sec­ond am­a­teur con­test, go­ing up against a strong op­po­nent in Harry Bills.

The MBBC coaches con­sid­ered pulling their man from the fight due to the gulf in ex­pe­ri­ence, but Jen­nings was determined to fight.

He started the bout slowly, with Bills land­ing a num­ber of hard shots as round one got un­der­way.

The Macclesfield boxer tried his best to cover up, and af­ter man­ag­ing to ride the storm he landed some clean punches of his own at the end of the round.

Round two saw Bills grow in con­fi­dence though as he pro­ceeded to work away on his op­po­nent, who was strug­gling to cope with the con­stant on­slaught.

De­spite hav­ing dif­fi­culty, Jen­nings never gave up and dis­played great courage to stay in the fight and see out the round.

The fi­nal round saw the Macclesfield boxer find suc­cess by evad­ing shots and show­ing that he had the su­pe­rior fit­ness.

Jen­nings landed a num­ber of shots as the fight came to an end, and while Bills may have been handed the de­ci­sion, the crowd showed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Jen­nings’ dis­play.

Also in ac­tion at the event was Ross Pat­ter­son, who fought Lit­tle­bor­ough boxer Chris Fitzsim­mons.

Pat­ter­son has been ex­tremely busy this sea­son, and had pre­vi­ously fought Fitzsim­mons just a few weeks ago.

The Macclesfield boxer took the victory on that oc­ca­sion, but it was clear that Fitzsim­mons had been work­ing hard for the re­match.

Pat­ter­son looked to be in con­trol in the first round, us­ing his speed and pre­ci­sion to beat his op­po­nent to the punch sev­eral times.

Round two was much more of the same, with both lads show­ing their abil­ity but Pat­ter­son ap­pear­ing to just edge it.

It looked like Fitzsim­mons could need a stop­page as round three got un­der­way, and he ap­peared to re­alise that him­self when he threw sev­eral hard shots in search of a fin­ish.

The fight went the dis­tance though, with it look­ing like a fore­gone con­clu­sion that Pat­ter­son would earn the de­ci­sion.

To the shock of those in the crowd though, Fitzsim­mons was handed a con­tro­ver­sial split de­ci­sion victory.

Pat­ter­son did not protest de­spite ar­guably be­ing robbed of a win, and in­stead con­grat­u­la­tions his op­po­nent and wished him the best for the fu­ture.

Macclesfield’s fi­nal boxer com­pet­ing on the card was ten-year-old Zac Jones, who took on Lu­cas Gil­li­gan in a skills bout.

Both box­ers put on a show and did ex­tremely well through­out the three rounds, with Jones gain­ing some vi­tal ex­pe­ri­ence in his fifth bout of the sea­son.

●● Ross Pat­ter­son

●● Ryan Jen­nings

●● Zac Jones

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