Haigh gives Arthur a run for his money

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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

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