MBBC en­joy suc­cess out on the road

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - BOX­ING

IT was an­other busy week for Mac­cles­field Boys’ Box­ing Club af­ter some of their box­ers com­peted on two dif­fer­ent shows.

On a Burslem ABC show at Kids­grove Town Haill, young Noel Straw was com­pet­ing in an­other skills bout against Noel Priebe from StokeStaffs ABC.

It was a sell-out show and both kids were ea­ger to go. As they touched gloves at the start of the first round, there were no re­stric­tions as both young­sters had pre­vi­ously boxed in skills con­tests.

This suited Straw as he moved with con­fi­dence, throw­ing beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tions from a tight guard, scor­ing at will and hold­ing the cen­tre of the ring as the Stoke boxer tried to find his range.

The first round went quick and as the sec­ond started the Stoke coaches had given their lad a gee up as he came out with all guns blaz­ing. This didn’t cause Straw any prob­lems as there was no get­ting through his guard and as the Stoke boxer tired, Straw turned it up again fin­ish­ing on a flurry of shots.

Round three was an­other crowd pleaser as both lads gave it their all in the last round. As it was a skills bout there were no win­ners and no losers, with both box­ers gain­ing valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence in the ring, much to the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the crowd.

At­ten­tion then turned to the Wythen­shawe Fo­rum where Danny Hib­bert was fight­ing Declan Smith on a Jimmy Egan Box­ing Academy show.

Smith was the home fighter, so Hib­bert knew that with the crowd against him it was go­ing to be a tough night.

Round one and as ex­pected Smith came at Hib­bert like a bull out of a gate and although Hib­bert had been told to ex­pect that by the Macc coaches, it took him by sur­prise as Smith caught Hib­bert with some nice clean shots.

Hib­bert weath­ered the storm and got through the round, and the sec­ond round saw him set­tle down, us­ing his reach and height ad­van­tage and catch­ing Smith at will with the jab.

Smith had given it all in the first round but Hib­bert looked in con­trol and con­fi­dent catch­ing with the cleaner shots, so this had to be Hib­bert’s round and it seemed to be all square.

Round three and it was ob­vi­ous the coaches had told Smith he needed to work as Hib­bert was back in the game.

It was a storm­ing round as both box­ers gave it their all leav­ing noth­ing in the tank. The fight ended with Smith get­ting the de­ci­sion on his own show, but there were no ar­gu­ment from the MBBC coaches as this time as it was such a good con­test it could have gone ei­ther way.

Priebe Noel and Noel Straw, right

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