NORTH­ERN STARS

Malone im­presses in the North­ern NABGC semi-“nals

Boxing News - - AMATEURS - Matt Bozeat

HUEY MALONE was one of the stars of the North­ern semi-fi­nals of the NABGC cham­pi­onship at North Soli­hull Sports Cen­tre.

The 16-year-old from Christ The King is look­ing to add the Class B 63kgs ti­tle to the Ju­nior ABA and Tri Na­tions hon­ours he won last sea­son and reached the fi­nal with a split points win over Ali Ak­bar

Javid (Bury) that re­ally should have been unan­i­mous.

Malone didn’t leave Javid alone through­out. He started fast, get­ting close and un­load­ing clus­ters to body and head, and when­ever Javid tried to get into the fight, Malone an­swered with com­bi­na­tions of qual­ity punches that came from ev­ery­where.

One of the best bouts of a good af­ter­noon’s box­ing came in Class B at 66kgs where Ryan Dick­ens (Sal­is­bury) was pushed hard by

Remi Box­ill (Sec­ond City) after hand­ing him two counts in the opener, the sec­ond from a clean hook that had ev­ery­thing be­hind it. Box­hill came back to bloody the Liver­pudlian’s nose.

Else­where in Class B, there was good ac­tion at 57kgs with Ed­ward Hardy (High­fields) mak­ing sure of a split points vote over Bray­den Davies (Don­ning­ton) with a big fi­nal minute, while Joe Craw­ford (Queensway) looked a shade un­for­tu­nate to drop a split to Davien Davies (East­side) after a clash of good tech­ni­cians.

In Class C, the non-stop pres­sure of chunky Birt­ley slug­ger Owen Rees earned him a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Owen Cooper (Worces­ter City) at 69kgs.

Nicked over his right eye in the sec­ond, Rees took just about ev­ery left hand the pol­ished Cooper threw, but noth­ing could stop his for­ward march.

At 64kgs, Hod­des­don’s Ge­orge Mitchell im­pressed. The taller Mitchell let An­thony Mckenna (Trans­port) come to him and met his at­tacks with smooth twos and threes in a dom­i­nant opener.

Mckenna was more thought­ful in the sec­ond, but Mitchell didn’t fall for his feints and the best ac­tion came in the last. Mckenna closed the gap quicker, but Mitchell had the last word in the ex­changes.

In Class D, St Pauls south­paw

Har­vey Lam­bert, beaten in last sea­son’s Elite wel­ter­weight fi­nal by Har­ris Ak­bar, out­pointed the will­ing

In­der Bassi (Hod­des­don). Bassi kept it close go­ing into the last be­fore Lam­bert fin­ished stronger, scor­ing a knock­down.

There was a one-punch fin­ish at 52kgs. Phoenix Fire’s Mo­hammed Naseeb smartly ad­justed his feet and walked Cu­mar Cu­mar (Birm­ing­ham City) onto a whip­ping right hand that sent him to his knees and the ref­eree in­stantly waved it off.

At 75kgs, Tri­umph south­paw

Bradley Gold­smith ground out a unan­i­mous win over game Reece Farn­hill (Sandy­gate) after feel­ing body shots in the last.

Pho­tos: CHRIS BE­VAN/ENG­LAND BOX­ING

STRONG FIN­ISHER: Lam­bert be­came a wel­ter­weight nal­ist

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