MBBC boys in close Army com­bat

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - BOXING SHEL­DAN KEAY

MACCLESFIELD Boy’s Boxing Club were in ac­tion re­cently as they took part in an event against mem­bers of the army.

The ac­tion took place at Venue Moathouse in Stoke, with se­nior elite boxer Ge­orge Parish tak­ing on Pri­vate John Marvin from the Prince of Wales reg­i­ment in the most high-pro­file con­test.

Round one saw both lads come to­gether with Parish throw­ing some beau­ti­ful shots all on tar­get and look­ing to get the mea­sure of his op­po­nent.

Marvin was a very strong boxer who took the on­slaught and still gave as good as he got. To­wards the end of the first, Marvin threw a shot from nowhere which caught Parish just as the bell went.

He came back to his cor­ner dazed as the team worked to en­sure he was fine for the sec­ond, with the in­struc­tion to re­lax and let the punches flow.

Round two saw both lads look­ing tight, and as they re­lent­lessly ex­changed punches Parish looked to edge an­other crowd pleas­ing round.

Round three was by far Parish’s best round as he threw shot af­ter shot, and as the Army lad tired, Marvin was hold­ing and try­ing to spoil as Parish looked to land.

The crowd were shout­ing for both kids as they pushed on right up un­til the fi­nal bell.

A re­ally tough bout to call and the split de­ci­sion was an­nounced in favour of Marvin, but every­body ringside ap­plauded both box­ers af­ter wit­ness­ing an ex­cel­lent dis­play of willpower and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Also in ac­tion was young Scott Attward in a sup­port bout against lo­cal lad Nathan Hulme from Hulton Abbey over three two minute rounds.

Hulme was tall and skinny against Attward’s short stocky frame as they faced each other in the cen­tre of the ring.

Hav­ing al­ready boxed this sea­son this was a bit of a grudge match so as the bell went for round one Attward pushed for­ward with an on­slaught of shots set­ting a fast pace leav­ing noth­ing to chance.

Hulme tried his best to cover up and as they both set­tled he had some suc­cess with his long range.

Round two saw Attward work­ing hard, turn­ing Hulme when re­quired and throw­ing some big over­hand rights which were hit­ting home. Hulme gave an­other good show of him­self but seemed to just be sur­viv­ing.

Round three was prob­a­bly Hulme’s best round as Attward tired slightly but he was still not match­ing Attward for ac­cu­racy.

The fi­nal bell soon went to bring a great bout to and end and there was no ar­gu­ment over the win­ner, with Attward get­ting the de­ci­sion.

The event proved to be an­other suc­cess­ful night for Macclesfield Boy’s Boxing Club who will have other box­ers in ac­tion over the com­ing weeks.

●● Ge­orge Parish

●● Scott Attward

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