White Rose boxers make big-hitting start to season

PACKING A PUNCH: Sam Clark.
PACKING A PUNCH: Sam Clark.
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Big-hitting members of White Rose Boxing Club made a strong start to the new season at an event in Knottingley on Saturday.

The Lightwaves Leisure Centre-based club had a number of young boxers on the bill - and a number of impressive outcomes.

Jack Layton, 12, made his debut in the ring and showed plenty of promise as he swept aside his Hull-based opponent aside.

The young Wakefield boxer won every round to secure victory on points and get his amateur career off to a winning start.

Coaches Richard Beaver, Tom Chester and Billy McAdam were in the corner and they also saw 15-year-old Kieran Holroyd beat Tariq Butt, of Round One Boxing Club in Bradford.

Holroyd made a rapid start and eventually stopped Butt in the second round to win in emphatic fashion.

It followed a recent success against Scunthorpe opponent Jake Fallon to make it two wins in quick succession for the Wakefield boxer.

Holroyd, from Stanley, boxed superbly throughout and won the contest with a majority decision from the judges.

Sam Clark, who enjoyed a fantastic last season in winning his category in the ABA Schoolboy Championships and representing England, was also in action and he got up and running with a victory.

Clark went toe-to-toe with City of Hull’s Joshua Kingsley and won on a majority decision in Knottingley.

White Rose welcomed Yenya Gamie back over the close season and the 30-year-old returned in scintillating fashion, beating Daniel Butler of Henry’s Gym in York with an unanimous decision from the judges.

Luke Grainger and Nathan Lawson, both 13, were also both due to be in action in Knottingley but saw their opponents pull out.

The pair may now have to wait until White Rose’s home show at Lightwaves next month to get in the ring.

For more information on White Rose Boxing Club contact coach and secretary John Hall on 07774 603944.