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A clean sweep for Burnley's Sandygate boxing trio
4:40pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Sport
SANDYGATE Amateur Boxing Club enjoyed a clean sweep of victories on its latest outing with two fighters making successful ring debuts while another proved why he is one of the hottest young prospects around.
The Burnley club took three young fighters to a show in Cheshire and all three came away with impressive victories.
First up was Rio Lynch whose no-nonsense style had A Gallagher of Wildcard ABC flummoxed from the opening bell.
The second and third round's once againsaw a dominating performance from the the 10-year-old in his ring debut.
Reiko Rickwood, 11, was next in to the ring against home town favourite C Smith of Beartown ABC. Despite it being Rickwood's ring debut, he showed no signs of nerves and it became apparent from the early exchanges that the three one and a half minute round contest wasn't going to last the distance.
The Hameldon High Year Seven pupil unleashed a barrage of blows which had Smith retreating while another attack forced the referee administer a standing count of eight to the home town fighter.
Early in the second round, Rickwood caught Smith with a double jab, rear hand combo which again forced the referee to intervene, ending the contest with debut KO for the Sandygate fighter.
Unbeaten prospect Joe Crawford underlined his potential by putting his record on the line against the older, taller and also unbeaten A Mahmood from Donnington ABC.
After measuring up his Midlands rival in the early exchanges – switching attacks from head to body – he floored Mahmood with a stunning body shot which forced a standing count of eight from the referee.
To Mahmood's credit, he survived the round then tightened up his defence as he tried to repel a full arsenal of punches from the St Christopher's pupil.
Crawford continued to dominate in to round three and it was no surprise when his arm was raised to keep his unblemished record intact.
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