TWO Merrie City boxers have marked the start of the new season by booking their spots in the Yorkshire Finals of the ABA Senior Novice Championships.
Big-hitting Cain Adams and Danny Pickup, both of White Rose Boxing Club, travelled to Mexborough in Doncaster for the first round of the national competition and both progressed.
Pickup, 18, went into his bout with an injured right hand but still managed to convincingly see off his opponent with a fine display of boxing.
It was more comfortable for Adams, a winner of the national competition in 2009 and finalist last year, who received a bye into the next round.
Both will go on to compete in the final regional round, which will take place at the same venue in Mexborough on Friday, November 11, with the Yorkshire Championship on the line in their respective categories.
White Rose couldn’t make it a hat-trick in Doncaster as 19-year-old Connor McDonald, fighting in the Class A section for boxers with less than ten bouts to their name, lost his fight on points.
The boxing season is in full swing and two of White Rose’s young boxers enjoyed winning starts in an event at Woodseats WMC in Sheffield.
Tom Sowerby, 12, beat Steel City boxer Dylan Trevor with an unanimous decision on his debut in the ring.
Thirteen-year-old Adam Mirga also enjoyed success against Hull-based Kurt Simpson to make it a win double in South Yorkshire.
Mirga, fighting in the 41kg category, won on points, largely thanks to standing counts over his opponents in both the second and third rounds.
A couple of the club’s stars of the future took their next steps to competing in full bouts when they were entered into ‘skills bouts’ at an event in Hull.
Tristan Fishwick, 12, and Connor Bailey, 14, both competed very well in the ring. Jordan Pickup, 11, was involved at the same event but he lost his bout after winning the first round.
Bailey went on to compete in his first bout at the Queens Hotel, Leeds, but lost on a split decision despite boxing well.
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