MBBC duo make mark in Carlisle

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - BOXING SHELDAN KEAY

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

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