MBBC gear up for home show
IT was an extremely busy few days for MBBC as they had five boxers in action over the weekend.
Friday saw Chris Bowes and Peter Bebbington competing on a show at Whitehaven Golf Club in Cumbria.
Bebbington was first up, making his return to the ring after a three year hiatus. His opponent was another elite boxer, Dean Laughlin from Whitehaven ABC, making him the home favourite.
Both lads set about their business by feeling each other out in what was a courteous first round that was just edged by Bebbington.
Round two saw the Macc boxer have an air of confidence, and he landed a beautiful backhand hook combination that saw Laughlin feel the canvas.
He managed to beat the count and Bebbington was instructed to calm it down so he could get the rounds in.
In round three, Bebbington was in control until a clash of heads out of nowhere saw him sustain a cut under his right eye.
The doctor was called to look at it but with only a few more seconds of the round left, he let it carry on until the final bell, resulting in Bebbington earning the unanimous decision in an excellent comeback.
Next up was Bowes, who was making his debut for Macclesfield Boys and had a momentous task ahead of him, with the 18-year-old facing an opponent who was nine years his senior in Paddy Hood from Whitehaven.
In round one it was apparent that Hood was a southpaw so the instruction from the coaches was for Bowes to lead with the back hand.
Bowes followed instructions and proceeded to keep it long and straight, using his back hand which was now having huge success.
Hood had no answer to Bowes’ shots as one after another was landing on target and wearing his opponent down.
It was a superb display form the young man and the crowd, who minutes earlier had been baying for blood were now silent as Bowes showed them what good boxing and not fighting was all about.
It was a brilliant debut from Bowes miles from home with no support, taking a unanimous decision victory.
MBBC’s attention then turned to Sunday, as Danny Hibbert, Harvey Perrin and Jess Zolaski were in action on a show at Partington Sports and Social Club.
Perrin was up first, making his debut in a skills bout against Cole Churchill from Irlam Boxing Team, in what a great closely fought contest with both boxers giving a great display and therefore gaining them both excellent experience.
Next up was Hibbert against Declan Smith from Jimmy Egan’s stable. These two kids had boxed before and this time round Hibbert wasn’t leaving anything to chance as Smith took victory first time around.
What a contest this turned out to be with Hibbert taking control from the start, never taking one step back and pushing forward with superb shots, landing first every time.
He was leaving everything in the ring, so when the result went the other way, even Smith seemed shocked as he just taken a standing eight in the last round.
Despite the controversial loss, Hibbert took it on the chin and put it down to experience.
Last up for Macc was a female bout as Zolaski went up against Daizy Preston from Irlam.
This bout should have taken place as the national final had Preston not pulled out, something that Zolaski had not forgiven her for.
Straight from the off Zolaski pushed forward, putting Preston on the back foot smashing in the backhands and lead hooks.
Preston tried her best to counter with long shots but to no avail, as Zolaski had her measure, throwing power hooks at close range which Preston was struggling to deal with.
Preston was put under constant pressure and really faded towards the end of the third round, so the decision seemed inevitable but after the previous verdict, you couldn’t be sure.
Justice was done though as Zolaski was named the winner by unanimous decision, with the fight also falling on her 16th birthday, making the win all the more enjoyable.
All of these boxers are back in action on Friday when they will be showing their abilities on MBBC’s home show at Wilmslow Leisure Centre with tickets costing £10 on the door.
Danny Hibbert, Harvey Perrin and Jess Zolaski
Chris Bowes and Peter Bebbington