MBBC duo’s Llan­dudno win dou­ble

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE - BOX­ING KEVIN BRAD­BURY

MAC­CLES­FIELD Boys’ Box­ing Club had a busy week­end re­cently as they com­peted at two shows tak­ing place in Stoke and in Llan­dudno.

The show tak­ing place in Stoke was put to­gether by Orme ABC, with MBBC hav­ing up and com­ing boxer Tommy Healey com­pet­ing against very ca­pa­ble Zac Hee­lan.

Straight from the bell Hee­lan pushed for­ward as Healey threw coun­ters on the back foot catch­ing Hee­lan ev­ery time, us­ing the ring well and turn­ing off as Hee­lan con­tin­ued to come for­ward.

Round two was much more of the same, al­though Healey wasn’t get­ting caught as he took shots on the gloves and cov­ered up and lay on the ropes which some­times al­lows your op­po­nent to look good, even though he’s not catch­ing.

Healey didn’t need to do this as he was ca­pa­ble of mov­ing his feet and stay­ing out of the way, and if any­thing he was let­ting Hee­lan build his con­fi­dence.

Round three and Hee­lan came out again push­ing for­ward, with Healey catch­ing with the bet­ter shots but just let­ting his op­po­nent off the hook ev­ery time, with clear op­por­tu­ni­ties go­ing to waste when Healey should have cap­i­talised on the mo­ment.

Un­for­tu­nately Healey tired again in the third, let­ting Hee­lan come for­ward and land punches. The bell rang and as ex­pected you can’t leave it to the judges when you’re away from home, so it was Hee­lan’s night on his club show by a split de­ci­sion.

Healey was up­set but hope­fully will come away know­ing that he needs to put more time into his box­ing if he wants to win con­vinc­ingly, and just wear­ing an Eng­land vest doesn’t make you any bet­ter as it’s the ef­fort you put in prior to en­ter­ing the ring that makes the dif­fer­ence as any cham­pion boxer will tell you.

The at­ten­tion then turned to the event tak­ing place in Llan­dudno on Satur­day, with two box­ers from MBBC mak­ing the trip along with coach John Wat­son.

First up was Noel Straw and hav­ing been on the wrong end of a split de­ci­sion last week, the in­struc­tions from the corner was leave noth­ing to chance.

His op­po­nent had changed at the last minute so he was now box­ing Harry Mont­gomery from the Llan­dudno club, who ap­peared to be a tough kid on pa­per.

Round one saw Mont­gomery come out look­ing strong, with Straw cov­er­ing up well and let­ting Mont­gomery get on with it, but the minute he saw that Mont­gomery pulled back on the throt­tle, Straw came straight back throw­ing com­bi­na­tion af­ter com­bi­na­tion and was hav­ing some great suc­cess with them.

Round two and Straw was told to keep to his box­ing as he hit Mont­gomery at will with some peach shots that should have re­sulted in eight counts but the ref­eree didn’t step in, which led to Straw’s coach telling him to pull the power a bit.

In round three Mont­gomery was tired in this round as Straw stepped it up and as such the in­evitable hap­pened as Straw caught Mont­gomery flush leav­ing the ref­eree no op­tion to stop the con­test by way of TKO, mak­ing it an ex­cel­lent fin­ish and re­demp­tion for last week’s bout.

Next up was 19-year-old Chris Bowes hav­ing had a unan­i­mous win the week be­fore he wanted to keep the win­ning streak go­ing. His op­po­nent was S Olung­benga from the Dyf­fren club, and in round one Olung­benga came out all guns blaz­ing, but Bowes stayed calm and cov­ered up, rolling his shoul­der and let­ting them glance off his de­fence.

This took quite a lot off steam out Olung­benga who soon started to tire, with Bowes throw­ing clean shots and show­ing his box­ing abil­ity.

Round two and Olung­benga came out strong again look­ing very in­tim­i­dat­ing but Bowes knew what he needed to do and cov­ered again, then set about catch­ing Olung­benga at will.

In round three Bowes was told to turn it up and go for an early fin­ish and that’s ex­actly what he did, throw­ing com­bi­na­tion af­ter com­bi­na­tion, catch­ing on tar­get with ev­ery shot as Olung­benga was un­able to re­ply with the amount of punches rain­ing down on him.

It was again only a mat­ter of time be­fore the ref­eree stepped in and brought an end to the pro­ceed­ings, giv­ing MBBC TKO num­ber two of the evening.

It capped off a good cou­ple of weeks for Mac­cles­field as re­cently the North West War­riors Fe­male box­ing team had trav­elled to Ire­land to take part in the Esker All Box Cup in Dublin, with 300 com­peti­tors from all over the world tak­ing part.

One of the MBBC fe­male box­ers in ac­tion was Jess Zo­lasko, who was de­ter­mined to bring back gold. She found out she had a straight by to the semi-fi­nals, where she de­feated an Ir­ish op­po­nent to reach the fi­nal.

Her op­po­nent in the fi­nal was Tif­fany O’Reilly from renowned club Cur­ragh ABC, and the first round was a ten­ta­tive one as both box­ers tried to get the mea­sure of each.

In round two Zo­lasko was push­ing on more and hav­ing some suc­cess but O’Reilly was no pushover and was giv­ing as good as she was get­ting.

Round three saw an­other change in tac­tics as Zo­lasko used an­gles and fazed at­tacks to try and get the shots off, and each round had seen dif­fer­ent moves to get the shots off and as the fi­nal bell rang it was hard to di­vide the girls both had put on a clever per­for­mance.

The scores were in and it was a split de­ci­sion and af­ter a count back Zo­lasko was vic­to­ri­ous and picked up her gold medal.

This wasn’t the only ac­co­lade she picked up as shortly af­ter the last con­test she was named the best tech­ni­cal boxer of the whole tour­na­ment.

John Wat­son with Chris Bowes

Coach John Wat­son with Noel Straw

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