Jennings bridges wide gap in experience
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