Straw be­mused by Bolton loss

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BOX­ING SHELDAN KEAY

IT was an­other busy night for Mac­cles­field Boys’ Box­ing Club re­cently as they had two box­ers in ac­tion at a Black­rod ABC show in Bolton.

Joe Straw was out again for MBBC against Tame­side elite boxer Jack Row­bot­tom. Both lads are good box­ers so the con­test made for a great dis­play of tac­ti­cal box­ing.

Row­bot­tom was up­right in and out from the start but Straw took his shots on the gloves, push­ing for­ward with each counter shot and putting Row­bot­tom on the back foot.

Straw had the bet­ter work rate and cleaner shots and just looked to be boss­ing the fight through­out, so when the de­ci­sion was given to Row­bot­tom, the coaches were be­mused as they weren’t sure what else Straw needed to do. Row­bot­tom looked the ti­dier boxer but Straw was the ag­gres­sor and landed more clean shots.

Next up was se­nior MBBC boxer Ross Pat­ter­son against Black­rod boxer Con­nor McMyler. This was a very even bout as both lads worked hard.

It got un­tidy at times and Pat­ter­son felt McMyler’s head on more than one oc­ca­sion with­out in­ter­ven­tion from the ref­eree.

Pat­ter­son was push­ing for­ward with bar­rages of shots which were catch­ing clean at times but it was McMyler with his sharp con­stant jab that won him the con­test as he seemed to catch Pat­ter­son at will once there was space be­tween them.

It was a great con­test and a fair de­ci­sion was given in favour of the lo­cal kid, with McMyler pick­ing up the vic­tory.

Mean­while, Mac­cles- field boxer Jake Haigh is back in the gym as he awaits an­other fight later this year.

The 22-year-old has looked im­pres­sive since turn­ing pro­fes­sional un­der the watch­ful eye of trainer Ricky Hat­ton ear- lier this year, putting to­gether an un­beaten record of 3-0.

Two of those wins have come by stop­page, in­clud­ing a third round knock­out vic­tory against Bryn Wain at the Fen­ton Manor Sports Com­plex in Stoke last month.

One of Haigh’s sta­ble­mates is in ac­tion next week, as heavy­weight Nathan Gor­man is set to take on Do­minic Akin­lade at the Na­tional Sports Cen­tre in Lon­don on April 1.

John Wat­son, Ross Pat­ter­son and Max Homer

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