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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Last minute hitches can’t KO Whitehaven’s sellout boxing show

AFTER a last minute hitch over the venue, Whitehaven & District ABC finally got their show up and running at the weekend.

The club hosted the sellout evening of amateur boxing at the Calder Club on Friday, October 10.

The show was thrown into disarray due to complications with an Entertainment License, and the club was told they would be unable to go ahead with the evening, giving the club less than a day to sort out an alternative venue.

Tim Savage said: “It was a mad rush. We looked at other venues to host the evening, but most were unavailable. Des Mattinson came to the rescue and got us the club at Cleator Moor, however people were unable to travel up. So this put us in a predicament.

“We got councilors involved and they had a meeting on Friday morning and common sense eventually prevailed.”

The show consisted of an English Select v Welsh select as well as supporting bouts.

Mathew Humphries opened up the show. He competed in a non-verdict skills bout. His opponent was Bobby Morrison from Currock House ABC. Both boys showed off their skills and entertained the crowd.

Savage said: “These are a chance for lads to show off their skills without the added pressure of a verdict. Both boys acquitted themselves very well and impressed the crowd.”

Glenn Morton was the next home boxer on display. The Whitehaven School pupil was up against old foe Kyle Camp from Northside ABC. The Manchester fighter had beaten Morton in a contest earlier this year, and remained unbeaten.

In a close first round, both boys stuck to their boxing and scored with long-range shots, rather than get involved. The Manchester boxer came on strong in the second but Morton held his ground and refused to be forced back.

Sticking to his corner’s instructions Morton went on the offensive and threw barrage after barrage of combinations to take a majority verdict.

Savage said: “That was possibly the best round that Glenn has ever produced. He actually listened and stuck to the game plan, where in the past he has been known to switch off and let his opponent into the fight.

“Camp was unbeaten and from a very big club that is well respected throughout the country. But Glenn enjoyed the occasion and dug deep to come out the victor in what was a very entertaining bout.

“Glenn also picked up best junior boxer for his efforts. He will box in London next month and then head for Man City ground for a rubber match with Camp at the beginning of December.”

Dean Laughlin suffered his first defeat at the Calder Club to Northside’s Mohammed Hussein. Laughlin started brightly in the opening session, turning his on the ropes and landing neat counters. But the very strong Hussein landed a series of crunching shots to force a stoppage.

Savage said: “Very strong boy Hussein, but I thought Dean was handling him well until getting caught. This was a very good result for Hussein, because as they knew Deano is a very skillful boxer when in full flow.

“He will come back from this and we are going to make alterations to his training programme by introducing some weight training to make him stringer and hit harder. This together with his accuracy should see him go to the next level.”

The crowd’s wait for local Middleweight prospect Dave Mackereth came to a disappointment when he slipped when warming up and was unable to compete in his bout against Welshman Laurie Davies.

Barry Acton added: “It was a bit of a disappointment, but we now have to concentrate on getting Dave right for the ABA championships which he weighs in for next week. We could have done with a bout before then but we will have to go ahead regardless now.”

Savage would like to thank Jordan Nuclear, Hertel and Brian’s taxis for their support. Gary Hewer for his generosity and Peter Tyson and Des Mattinson for their assistance.

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