MBBC road trip res­cued by Healey

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TOM Healey en­sured Mac­cles­field Boys Box­ing Club’s long jour­ney to the Scot­tish bor­ders was not a wasted trip when he reg­is­tered a fine vic­tory.

Hav­ing re­cently staged their an­nual show, it was time for MBBC to get back out on the road af­ter just over three hours of stop start traf­fic on the M6, two coaches and two box­ers fi­nally ar­rived at the Bor­der City show venue in Carlisle.

Scott Attward and Healey both weighed in, but un­for­tu­nately Attward’s op­po­nent was a no show, so it was a wasted jour­ney and an up­set boxer hav­ing trained hard all week to make the weight.

It was all on Healey to make the trip worth­while.

Hav­ing taken the bout just days ear­lier and af­ter a three-hour trip north, fac­ing an op­po­nent on his own show was go­ing to be a tough ask.

Healey warmed up well and found a quiet spot to say a lit­tle prayer and get him­self into fight mode.

He was bout 10 of the night, so there was to be no early dart for the club’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Healey’s op­po­nent was James Row­land from Bor­der City ABC. As they met in the cen­tre of the ring, Row­land looked thick set and strong and as the bout kicked off he turned out to be a south­paw, lead­ing with his right hand.

Both box­ers were slightly cour­te­ous to start with but it wasn’t long be­fore Healey made use of his range and started to score well with his shots.

Row­land was hav­ing suc­cess when he pushed for­ward and man­aged to catch Healey in the cor­ners of the ring but round one was Healey’s.

Round two saw both box­ers go toe to toe, which wasn’t work­ing for Healey as the coaches shouted at him to go back to long range.

Thank­fully he was lis­ten­ing and as soon as he stepped back and threw the shots they were on tar­get again.

Round three was by far Healey’s best, keep­ing it sim­ple by throw­ing then mov­ing with Row­land push­ing on, try­ing to use his strength and stature. How­ever, Healey was just too slick and as the MBBC coaches ex­pected, Healey was given the vic­tory with some very nice com­ments from the judges and spectators on how well he had boxed.

Thank­fully, with a mas­sive win for the MBBC team, the trip home didn’t seem so daunting as ev­ery­one was happy with a good night’s work – even if it did mean a 1.30am re­turn home!

●● Sean White, Tom Healey and Kev Brad­bury of Mac­cles­field Boys Box­ing Club

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