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Team Leigh out in force
Updated 10:06am Tuesday 10th June 2014 in Sport
TEAM Leigh Boxing schoolboys turned out in force at Wigan Youth Zone on Saturday with debuts for many of the club’s youngsters.
Promising young fighters made their first appearances, including George Maloney, Ben Follows, Dylan Hill, Bernie Ward, Billy Clarke, David Edwards, Cameron Kendrick and Declan Williams.
In Liverpool, appearing on the Long Lane Show, 11-year-old Patrick Price took a unanimous points win in his full debut.
Teammate Will Hewitt displayed his keenness for the sport accepting a bout only four hours prior to the show, and once again displayed excellent technical ability in a skills bout.
In Kendal, two more promising youngsters took part in skills bouts, 10-year-old George Maloney and 14-year-old David Edwards, both giving outstanding displays.
Team Leigh Boxing's Jimboy Price was in sparkling form on Saturday afternoon in the England National Boxing Championships quarter-finals in Walkden.
North West light-middlewight champion Jimboy took a clear points decision win over Merseyside and Cheshire Champion Shane McCullagh of New Era Boxing Club, and the Leigh boxer moves onto the national semi-finals alongside teammate Jordan Lewis.
It was heartbreak for Leigh's other representative in the championships on Saturday, bantamweight Josh Taylor, who went down to a very close decision against Sefton's Ross Balmer.
The final Team Leigh Boxing show of the season at Lowton Civic Hall saw 16 Leigh boxers in exciting bouts against quality opposition from England and Wales in front of another sell-out crowd.
Top of the bill saw 17-year-old lightweight Adam Ridge in his 55th bout up against the equally-experienced Billy Edwards of Dyffrin, North Wales, and in a pulsating bout, the Leigh boxer took a unanimous points’ win.
Bout of the night saw 17-year-old England international Matty Burgess, conceding weight and age against his opponent Jamie Proctor of Skerton, but in typical style, Matty produced another non-stop aggressive performance to take a unanimous points win, and the Collins and Darwell senior boxer of the night award.
There were quality performances and wins, for national minors champion Kian Flanagan (Team Leigh boxer of the night), national finalist Josh Waterworth, Jordan Nicklin, Jason Weir, Callum Follows, and Tommy Sargeant boxer of the night Joe Shinton.
Light heavyweight Matty Walsh lost his unbeaten record losing on points to the experienced Marcin Lewicki of Skerton, while Lewis Ryder was unlucky to go down by split decision in his north west region title match with Kieron Hunter Love of Blackburn.
Eleven-year-old Will Hewitt again boxed well in his skills bout, while twin brother Paddy scored another cracking points’ win and the Simpson Heald Pearson junior boxer of the night award.
There were close points losses for Kyle Parr and Josh Taylor, while schoolboy national semi-finalist Callum Ryder recorded another outstanding win and the secretary's shield, beating Arqam Patel of Chorley, and junior national semi finalist Jordan Lewis took a unanimous points victory over Ketan Jackson of Bredbury Stockport.
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