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Burnley fighter is named North West champ
5:53pm Tuesday 5th March 2013 in Sport
CHARLIE Martin was crowned North West regional ABA junior champion on another night to remember for Sandygate Amateur Boxing Club.
The Burnley club’s first show of 2013 was held at Rosegrove Unity WMC in front of a packed out crowd and they were treated to a night of top class action.
Martin, 15, was the pick of the junior fighter while North West senior ABA finalist Joe Knight made sure the evening finished on a high after winnning the final bout and main event.
The night kicked off with a series of non decision fighters for the club’s younger fighters.
Dylan Lord, 10, was up against D Mawdsley of Dynamics ABC and both boys showed off all their full range of skills.
Cameron Hird, 11, was next in to the ring against J Shaw of Mottasley and Hattersley ABC and dominated the contest from first bell to last.
The third skills bout contest saw Joe Crawford, 10, enter the fray against L Steel of Platinum ABC and both fighters were given a raptuous applause by spectators at the end of the contest.
Reagan Driver, 13, narrowly lost to A Fiaz of Northside and the 14-year-old Brandon Collins was also on the wrong end of a majority decision.
It was left to Martin to get the club back to winning ways in his showdown with holder J McGovern for the North West regional ABA Junior Class Four 70-75kg belt.
The first round was a cagey affair with both boys feeling each other out. The second saw Nelson's Martin up the work rate while still keeping a sensible approach. The Acer's Centre year 11 saved his best for the last round to take the title.
There was also a win for Colne’s Sam Larkin, 22, who came good in the final round to beat B.Adamson (Platinum ABC) in what was a cracking contest Calum Rainey, 16, lost out to E Irvine Sharples ABC in a closely fought fight while Trawden's Northwest ABA Senior Finalist Joe Knight, 19, warmed up for his open class senior ABA regional championship final with a sound victory over P Salazor Northside ABC.
“Charlie Martin really deserved his championship belt after sticking to our game plan to the letter boxing with great maturity and control,” said coach Andy Howcroft.
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