Roche’s return is a big hit

ROCHE Boxing Club held its first show for more than 18 months but it was well worth the wait at a sold out Byerdon House Social Club.

Head coach Brian Roche put on 18 bouts, 14 of which involved fighters from the host club.

And it proved to be a successful night in the ring for Roche’s young boxers as they won 11 and lost just three.

The only disappointment of the evening was the eagerly anticipated return to the ring of British champion George Drinkwater which was put on hold as the 15-year-old’s opponent didn’t show.

But his team-mates more than made up for it.

Blackburn’s Oathey Jones, 11, got the club off to a winning start with a points win over Jason Inneson from Harrogate.

Mark Haworth, 11, from Burnley narrowly lost to Bayan Khaill from Bredbury and Stockport.

Billy Brogan, 12, from Burnley, made it five wins out of five, beating the previously unbeaten Macauley Moran from Moss Side.

Asif Rheiman also picked up a victory, the 14-year-old winning on points against Oliver Beckett from Mottram and Hattersley, Dean Thompson, 13, from Colne beat Joseph Nixon from Tameside but Jak Edmondson lost on points to Liam Jones, also from Tameside.

Uwais Majeed, 17, was another points victor over Jamie Mitchell but Adil Hussain, 20, lost his welterweight clash with Sadje Hussain from Fox ABC after he was stopped in the first round due to a nose bleed.

Rawtenstall’s Nicky Perry was a winner, the 21-year-old welterweight taking the decision against Nicky Doran from Cleator Moor while Asif Mushtaq, 22, from Nelson beat another Cleator Moor fighter John Gould.

Willy Smith, 13, won junior fighter of the night with an all-action display against Tameside’s Andy Curran.

Morgan Jackson, 15, from Blackburn impressed in his points win over Louis Dinnison from West Wirrall and light middleweight Anthony Tibbs was in knockout form, the 24-year-old from Burnley stopping Sam Edwards from Winsford in the second round.

But the senior fighter of the night award went to Hasling-den light middleweight, Owen Thomas, 21, who beat the more experienced Bobby Gilder from Tameside to make it two wins of out two.

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