Young triumphs de­spite pres­sure

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE - BOX­ING

ALEX Young made the long jour­ney over to Dews­bury to fight the tough and durable young boxer Dougie Price from KBW Gym.

When Young was of­fered the bout he was quick to take up head coach Mark Oldham’s of­fer as he had steadily de­creased his weight from his pre­vi­ous fight in prepa­ra­tion of the con­test.

From the off the fight un­folded at light­ning quick pace.

In the first round both lads met in the mid­dle of the ring and re­fused to give ground on each other, trad­ing blows.

When the ref­eree shouted at the lads to ‘stop box­ing’ the call was not heard by ei­ther boxer and they car­ried on trad­ing, the ref­eree how­ever deem­ing Young to be the guilty party and in pun­ish­ment took a point off him.

In the sec­ond round Young knew both rounds had to be his and he set about Price, look­ing the stronger when trad­ing.

He ca­su­ally walked his op­po­nent down and coun­tered every shot thrown by Price, send­ing him back­ing up on the ropes.

The third and fi­nal round saw Alex come out a lit­tle quicker than the sec­ond and at times he looked like stop­ping his tough op­po­nent Dews­bury.

Coach Mark Oldham had told Young to look to work on the in­side when Price grabbed to slow him and to take ad­van­tage when he was look­ing to rest in those pe­ri­ods. Young found him­self a way to cap­i­talise on these mo­ments and win the con­test.

Over­all, it was a great per­for­mance by the Lit­tle­bor­ough boxer and only Price’s sec­ond loss. from

Both coaches Mark and Jeff Leach were very happy with how Alex had kept a calm head when put un­der pres­sure by his first round’s point loss and Mark added: “Alex is a very gifted boxer who needs bouts to gain the ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to set­tle and box like he does in the gym.

“Once he feels set­tled enough in the ring on fight night as he does in the gym he will take some beat­ing he’s a very good boxer.”

Coach Mark Oldham with Alex Young, Jeff Leach and Lit­tle­bor­ough boxer Rhys Oldham

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