MBBC pair take national titles
IT was a successful weekend for MBBC after Tom Healy and Karriss Artingstall both won titles and picked up the biggest wins of their careers.
Tom Healy had made it to the national finals and after dedication, commitment and hard work he was ready to show his opponent why he deserved to be crowned this year’s class A 75 kg national junior development champion.
The southern area champion, Nial Ledbury of Banbury ABC, was the only person between Tom and the national title.
As they listened to the instructions from the referee you could sense the determination etched on Tom’s face. The bell rang and they got down to work.
With Tom being a tall rangy southpaw and Nial a stocky thickset lad who was going to push forward, it suited Tom to a tee as he walked on to the straight back hand time and time again.
It wasn’t long before Nial was reluctant to come forward, and round two saw Tom leading with his front hand drawing Nial in then catching with the backhand.
At times it got scrappy – when both boxers came close Nial threw shots to the back of Tom’s head, but the referee picked up on this and continually broke them apart as Tom complained.
This lit a fire in Tom’s stomach and as they went into the third, Tom turned it up to ensure that he wasn’t losing this final as he threw shot after shot, with the majority on target and scoring.
Both lads were tired towards the end but as the bell rang the MBBC coaches felt confident, and Tom was named national junior development champion.
It was a massive success for Tom and for MBBC, making it a brilliant day and again showing that through hard work, commitment, determination and most importantly self belief, anything can be achieved.
Next up was one of MBBC’s former female boxers Karriss Artingstall, who is now part of the Army Boxing team.
Her opponent Natasha Taylor was from Olympic gold medallist and professional boxer Luke Campbell’s old St Pauls ABC in Hull, so it was not going to be a walk over.
Round one and as usual Karriss was relaxed, looking switched on as they traded their first shots, so it wasn’t long before Karriss was catching at will and dominating proceedings as she let go with her backhand.
Natasha was game and tried her best to give Karriss a fair contest but the longer it went on the clearer it was that Karriss was controlling the bout.
Round two saw Natasha take a standing eight count as Karriss threw shots at will, enjoying every minute in the process. Half way through round three and with Natasha now bleeding from the nose, the referee decided he’d seen enough of the one sided contest, giving Karriss her fourth national title, but first senior one.
This was a fantastic display which was enjoyed by all who were watching, and they showed their appreciation as Karriss’ hand was raised and she became the new national senior development class B 57 kg champion.
It was a massive achievement to add to young Tom Healy’s title and with two national champions in one of the toughest sports going, it shows the talent that there is in the Macclesfield area.
Tom Healy, centre, with coaches Kevin Bradbury and Sean White
Karriss Artingstall with Kevin Bradbury