Healy crowned Re­gional king

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Boys’ Box­ing Club were cel­e­brat­ing re­cently as boxer Tommy Healy con­tin­ued to go on­wards and up­wards in his ca­reer af­ter mak­ing it to the next round of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

Hav­ing made it the re­gional fi­nals, Healy’s next task was to go up against Evan Jones from Fur­ness Catholic ABC on a show tak­ing place at Club 147 in Wak­den.

The bout be­gan with the two lads touch­ing gloves and pro­ceed­ing to give size each other up. Both box­ers were quite tall, with Healy hav­ing the edge over Jones although prob­a­bly only by an inch.

The first round was fan­tas­tic as both lads set­tled into their own right. Healy was hav­ing more suc­cess as his shots looked clean and on tar­get, draw­ing Jones in only to catch him with his lead hand hooks, en­joy­ing ev­ery minute as he took Jones apart.

He was feel­ing com­fort­able in the cor­ner as the coaches ad­vised him on what to do, and in round two Healy took it up an­other level as Jones tried his best to get a de­cent shot in on Healy, but Healy was catch­ing at will and as the bell went for round two he caught Jones with a per­fect body shot.

Healy came back to the cor­ner only to be told his op­po­nent was throw­ing up in the cor­ner, such was the dev­as­ta­tion of the body shot.

The minute was up and round three was about to start but Jones was still be­ing sick, thus leav­ing no op­tion for the ref­eree but to stop the con­test in favour of Healy, the new North West 75kg Re­gional Cham­pion for 2017.

It was a text book per­for­mance from Healy, who now trav­els up to Birt­ley in Du­ram for the next round of the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships

John Watson, Tommy Healy and Kev Brad­bury

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