MBBC enjoy success out on the road
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