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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Barrow boxers take the fight to Liverpool

BARROW Amateur Boxing Club members have been flying the flag for the town all over the country.

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JEFF MOSES: Boxers a credit to the club

BOXING

On March 27, the club travelled to renowned Liverpool club Rotunda ABC.

Among the Barrow boxers were Thorncliffe School pupils Callum Pearson and Liam Conroy, both of whom had been matched up prior to the event by request, due to recent success in local bouts.

First up on the night was Conroy, who had a change of opponent at the last minute and subsequently found himself in the ring against Lloyd Campbell, of Long Lane ABC, who was this year’s Golden Gloves Champion.

Conroy got stuck into his opponent and landed some powerful shots, but was beaten on a points decision, with the win going to the more experienced Campbell.

Next up was Pearson, who took on T Buchannan of the home club.

With Buchannan favoured to take the bout, Pearson took to the fight in the right frame of mind and showed some strong, determined boxing, which gave him the advantage.

The Barrow fighter followed through and proved the hard work he had put into his training in the gym had paid off.

At the event both local boxers were guided and given advice from this year’s contender participant Paul Smith.

On Friday, April 4, the club travelled to Cleator Moor with four boxers.

Unfortunately, both Ross Cooksey and Mark Eilbeck were let down by their arranged opponents, who failed to show.

However, Walney schoolboy Mike Swarbrick represented the club against J Stewart, from Skerton ABC.

Stewart showed a lot of heart and both boxers worked continuously throughout the bout.

Swabba did the Barrow club and himself proud by demonstrating a consistent level of strong and skilful boxing, powered by his high fitness level, to take the win and add to his successful record.

Finally for the club was Tom McGuckin, who faced G Fox, from South Durham ABC.

McGuckin reverted back to his old style of boxing and this saw him come unstuck against a more powerful Fox, who landed a powerful shot, knocking the Barrow club’s boxer to the canvas and forcing referee to step in and stop the bout in the first round.

Club coach Jeff Moses said he was proud of the junior members of the club, adding: “They are now performing at all levels and their determination and conduct at events is a credit to them and the club.”

Moses travelled to watch Amir Khan in his latest bout where he was lucky enough to be part of the after-bout event, getting the opportunity to meet both Khan and his opponent Martin Kristjansen and several members of Team Khan at the hotel where they stayed.

The Barrow coach said of the evening: “It was a great night and a great opportunity where it was apparent from speaking with Team Khan, the importance placed on local amateur boxing reflects the success which can be achieved.”

Last Sunday the club took part in a self-organised sponsored event in which all members of the club ran a mile, followed by 100 press-ups in aid of local charities.

The event was designed to make the members realise the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.

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