Jes flies the flag for Macc in Poland
MACCLESFIELD Boys Boxing Club continued the tradition of boxing abroad with Jes Zelasko representing the club in Poland as part of a select team mainly from Luton Boxing Club Strike 06.
Flying out of Stanstead airport, the Luton team unfortunately missed the plane due to traffic problems, leaving Donna Shaw – MBBC official and coach – and Jes, a competent young boxer, to travel to Stalow Wola, the Polish city where Jes was to compete in the Stalowa Wola Box Cup.
A club spokesman said: “The pair were treated like royalty. They didn’t know anyone and there was a language barrier which, to be fair, was no problem for Jes. She showed great majority in translating for Donna throughout the weekend.”
Once settled it was time for competitive action with the weigh-in taking place on the Saturday.
Jes was fortunate to get a straight bye to the final on Sunday.
Sunday arrived and Jes was very nervous, especially as her opponent was older and more experienced and with local support.
The odds were against her and there was some talk of having a skills bout – but having made the trip Jes was keen on a proper bout.
Her opponent was Kinga Puzio from Feniks Boxing Club.
In round one both girls tried to get the measure of their opponent. Jes settled straight away and looked in control as she threw the backhand down the centre, hitting home with each shot and staying composed and moving well.
Round one was definitely the MBBC fighter’s round, and the second round followed much the same pattern with Jes dominant, looking strong and throwing clean shots.
Round three saw the crowd appreciating the talent as Jes used her ability and continued to work right up to the final bell, scoring her first unanimous win abroad.
As her arm was raised she was elated. To top the win the organisers decided that she was the best boxer in her age group over the whole weekend, which was a massive achievement.
●● Jes Zelasko of Macclesfield BBC, left, and opponent Kinga Puzio of Feniks ABC