Jes flies the flag for Macc in Poland

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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

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