MBBC pair take na­tional ti­tles

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOX­ING

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

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