White Rose boxer Adams retains Yorkshire Belt

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BIG-hitting Wakefield boxer Cain Adams has successfully defended his Yorkshire Challenge Belt for the first time since claiming the vacant featherweight title.

The White Rose Boxing Club member was the last bout on an entertaining bill at Knottingley WMC.

White Rose clubmates Jordan Pickup and his brother Danny were also on the bill and made it a hat-trick of wins for the Lightwaves Leisure Centre club.

Talented Wintersett boxer Adams was in demand after winning the Yorkshire Belt by beating Bradford boxer Josh Butterfield in February.

Sheffield boxer Uzir Nasip was his opponent in Knottingley and he battled hard to come out on top by points in a close-fought contest.

The bout, which lasted three rounds of three minutes, had the audience on the edge of their seats as both boxers went toe-to-toe in an entertaining finish to the evening.

All three rounds were close contests, but it was Adams, 19, who saw his hand raised by the referee though to retain the belt for the first time.

The former Outwood Grange Academy pupil trained hard with coach Neil Coleman in the run-up to the contest and will be looking to stay at the top of his game as the boxing season reaches its climax.

The night started with success for White Rose as Jordan Pickup, 11, boxed superbly to enjoy a winning start to life in the ring.

The promising Eastmoor boxer took on Hull-based boxer Lyndon Burnett in his debut bout at schoolboy level and didn’t disappoint, getting an unanimous decision from the judges to claim a first win.

His victory seemed to buoy older brother Danny, 17, as he continued his unbeaten record in the ring with an unanimous points victory over St Vincent Boxing Club’s Craig Kennerdale.

Danny faced a tough challenge against a boxer five years older and with more experience in the ring.

Kennerdale had a height and reach advantage but Pickup showed class in his boxing to come through the test with flying colours.

His triumph makes it four wins from as many bouts since stepping into the ring.

The tournament would usually spell the end of the season but Pickup, and Cain Adams, could be representing White Rose at a tournament in Essex next month.

The duo have received invitations to the event on Saturday, June 11, and will aim to finish memorable campaigns in winning fashion if they decide to travel south.

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