Young boxers show true fighting spirit

Young boxers show true fighting spirit

Young boxers show true fighting spirit

First published in Sport

LEIGH Boxing had three boxers appearing in the National Schoolboy Championships at Walkden.

Eleven-year-olds Kian Flanagan and Coan Gildart had dominant points wins in their region semi finals.

Flanagan beat Alec Stewart of Skerton while Gildart overwhelmed Adam Valli-Carter of Chorley-based Jennings Gym.

Thirteen-year-old Oliver Ward gave his all but lost out on points in his semi final to a tall and awkward Lacelles Henry of Gorton.

Flanagan and Gildart join Isaac McDonagh, Callum Ryder, Josh Waterworth, Paddy Hewitt and Shaun Michael Varey in the finals this weekend.

Also at Walkden on Saturday afternoon, Ryder was one of two other Leigh boxers who appeared in non-championship bouts.

Twelve-year-old Callum Follows boxed to plan to win a points’ decision over Dinny Kelly of Skerton, while 13-year-old Ryder lost a split points’ verdict to Jack Turner of Croxteth.

Leigh middleweight Henry Price returned from North Wales with a dominant points win, winning every round against Olly Marple of Shotton.

Meanwhile, seven Leigh Boxing Club coaches have qualified as ABA judges.

Stephen Todd, Geoff Gildart, Steve Backhouse, Adrian Fleming, Brian Ridge, Craig Waterworth and Graham Henderson, along with Skerton’s Paul Fielding, all attended the course at Leigh Boxing and Fitness Gym run by North West Boxing adjudicator John Hart.

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