Decisions go against duo at Crossacres
MACCLESFIELD Boys’ Boxing Club had some of their stable in action recently as Tom Healey and Ross Patterson both competed on Jimmy Egan’s show at the Crossacres Con Club in Wythenshawe.
First up was Tom Healey against hometown boxer Lewis Parry, and as the two touched gloves it was clear that this was going to be a good contest as each boxer stared each other down and the adrenaline was kicking in.
Parry came out swinging, looking very aggressive as Healey went on the back foot, showing his boxing ability as he caught Parry with a beautiful right hook. Parry threw shots wildly with limited success as Healey seemed to be catching with every shot.
In round two Parry proceeded to try to catch Healey as he boxed off the back foot, catching with lead back hands and showing the crowd what the Macclesfield coaches insist boxing is all about – hitting and not being hit.
Round three saw Parry slow down as he tried to catch Healey, but the Macc boxer was still moving well and although Parry had more success in the later end of the round as his opponent tired, it looked like Healey would still get the win. Unfortunately, the decision was given to the home boxer Parry, much to the astonishment of the MBBC coaches who thought Healey was on top throughout.
Next up was Ross Patterson against home fighter Billy McGuinness, who was a popular boxer with the crowd.
Both lads were experienced boxers so it looked to be a good match as the bell rang for the first round.
Patterson was straight out of the blocks to lay it on McGuinness, not allowing him to settle into his usual boxing style, this was a tear up as Patterson threw combinations and kept on top of McGuinness as he struggled to deal with the onslaught.
McGuinness tried to step back to settle and find his range but the Macclesfield boxer wasn’t allowing it.
Round two was much of the same with Patterson being the aggressor, pushing forward throughout, and by the end of the fight he felt he had done all that was asked of him as he again looked to be the clear winner.
Again the jinx of fighting the home boxer with a volatile crowd behind him appeared to affect the judge’s decisions again as McGuiness took glory over a surprised Patterson.
●● Tom Healey and Ross Patterson