Haigh gives Arthur a run for his money
THE odds were stacked against Macclesfield boxer Jake Haigh recently as he took on GB podium boxer Lyndon Arthur in the North-West Senior Elite Finals at Trafford Park in Manchester.
Hoping to mirror his win over Lindon from last year, Jake knew he would have to pull something special off to get the result.
The Macc coaches knew what the judges would be watching for and tried to encourage Haigh to do his best and as the bell rang that’s exactly what he did.
He set the pace, and with both boxers being tall and rangy this was going to be a bout of skill and thinking as both youngsters attempted to draw each other on.
Haigh was throwing nice scoring shots and Arthur throwing shots at a higher work rate as Haigh took them on the gloves.
Round two saw a change of tactics, with Haigh realising that Arthur didn’t like close range boxing and this proved to be successful as he got some beautiful left hooks off.
Arthur looked a little busier even though none of his shots looked to be clean punches. Round three was pretty much the same as the previous two rounds, with Arthur throwing slightly more shots although none on target.
Haigh was taking them on the gloves and was slightly more reserved but was still landing with clean scoring shots.
It was an even bout that for most watching couldn’t call so it was going to all come down to the judges and how they saw Arthur’s work rate against Haigh clean scoring shots.
The bell rang and the decision was Arthur on work rate in a close bout between two boxers at different ends of the spectrum.
Despite the defeat, Haigh was rightfully proud of his performance in what was a great contest.
●● Macclesfield Boys Boxing Club members Jess Zolaski, Harry Horne, Jake Patterson and Dennis Acreman
●● Sean White, Jake Haigh and Adele Sharp