MBBC gear up for home show

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

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

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