MBBC duo make mark in Carlisle
THERE was another trip up the M6 towards the Scottish Borders for two MBBC boxers as Scotty Attward and Ant Walker were both in action at a show put together by Carlisle Villa ABC.
After three hours sat in the car they were feeling tired and ready for bed – let alone three two minute rounds of boxing!
Once they had weighed in and seen the doctor, it was time to try and get them moving and in the mood for competition.
Bout seven saw Attward take on Jake Burns from Border City ABC, who was a capable, game fighter and had the whole room behind him as he stepped forward with his hand in the air as if he’d already done the business when the MC announced his name.
Attward went straight to work in round one with his fast hands and slippery style, landing shots from all angles.
Burns was a bit overwhelmed by Attward’s work rate and at times it was fair to say it got a bit scrappy as they both tried to fight on the inside. But it was clear that Attward was dominating the bout much to the disappointment of the crowd who didn’t seem to be as vocal as the contest went on.
Round two and Attward was advised to find his range and, if up close, then take a step back and throw some straight, powerful shots.
Burns was struggling a bit with some of the power shots and inevitably this led to an eight count as Attward put it on him.
Round three and Burns wasn’t going anywhere soon and dug in the trenches as the onslaught continued.
He was a good fighter and tried to keep up with Attward’s work rate but Attward seemed relaxed and in control, slipping, countering, ducking and leading off the front foot and enjoying every minute by keeping the pressure going right up to the final bell.
The win was for Scotty Attward by unanimous decision, who was then praised by Alvin Finch, one of the top referees in the country who described him as a natural mover and boxer.
Next up in bout number 11 of the night was Ant Walker in his second contest. After months of working hard he was eager to get in the ring. His opponent was David Brown from Currock House ABC in Carlisle, meaning it was another local boxer with plenty of support too.
Round one began with both lads trading blows and Walker having some success in the first round after catching Brown with nice powerful shots which made him consider coming forward again.
This was by far Walker’s best round as he intimidated the local lad. Round two and Brown was now pushing forward with every shot, smothering Walker and pushing him onto the back foot as the contest went one way and then the other, but Brown looked to be the busier of the two.
In round three it was up to Walker, against a local lad on his home turf.
He had to give it his all and this he did as both boxers again traded blows in what was a cracking contest.
Walker had improved so much from his first outing and there didn’t seem to be much in it as the final bell rang.
Brown got the decision and the win in an even, well matched contest and the coaches were so proud of Walker’s performance that the three hour trip home didn’t seem that bad.
Walker was disappointed as he’d put in the hard work but with such great improvement it’s only a matter of time before he notches up a win in the ring.
●● Sean White, Ant Walker, Kevin Bradbury and Scott Attward
●● Kevin Bradbury, Scott Attward and Sean White