Two Leigh ABC boxers, Adam Ridge and Robert Bordon appeared on the excellent Moss Side Fire Station Show on Saturday afternoon.
Both boxers were matched with opponents from Egans Boxing Academy, first up being 12 year old Adam Ridge opposite Connor Burke. In a very close contest, Adam lost on a majority decision despite having a dominant third round. Light heavyweight Rob Bordon was taking on Kyle De Banks, who boasted nine wins from his previous fourteen contests. Rob though controlled the bout throughout with snappy jabs and heavy backhands to take a desrved points victory.
Michael Evans made his debut on the Sutton ABC show at St Helens Town Hall on Thursday evening, taking on Newbury & Farnworth ABC's Luke Steventon. In an entertaining bout both youngsters displayed plenty of heart along with excellent boxing skills to the delight of an appreciative crowd. Losing on points, Michael will continue to improve and the coaches see a bright future for the Westleigh High School prospect.
Fourteen year old welterweight Jordan Alexander was in the ring opposite JJ's ABC Kydi O'Borg who had won his last four bouts. Jordan though is now beginning to realise his undoubted potential and for three rounds boxed and punched his way to a clear unanimous victory. What made the win all the more creditable was the fact that Jordan cracked a bone in his right hand early in the second round, never mentioned it, and showed great strength of character to see out the bout. Both Kelton and Jordan were commended by the Yorkshire officials for their boxing abilities.
Adam Ridge and Robert Bordon both put in terrific performances on the Lancaster Boys ABC show on friday evening.
"Ridgey" was taking on the home club's Niall Fielding, to whom he had dropped a majority decision loss earlier in the season. This time though after a tentative start, Adam took control of the contest, scoring with heavy blows and fast combinations. A dominant third round sealed a unanimous points victory.
Light Heavyweight Robert Bordon was quickly back in action taking on reigning ELCCIOM Novice light heavyweight Champion Jonathan Birch of Lancaster Boys ABC. In an enthralling contest, the shorter busy Birch marched forward with heavy hooks to body and head, but blocking well Robert replied with fast jabs and right hands. With Birch taking the opening round, Rob then evened things up taking the second, and after a toe to toe slugfest third it all went to the judges scorecards, with a majority win going to Birch.
Robert and Adam are next in action on the giant open air show in Manchester on saturday afternoon on May 31st
Leigh Amateur Boxing Club had a mixed week of results, taking in bouts in Yorkshire, the Midlands, Liverpool and Preston.
In Stoke, 19 year old light heavyweight, Robert Bordon, put in a great display against the experienced 26 year old Gareth Millington of Shotton ABC, before narrowly losing a majority decision. In the Junior ABA Championships, welterweight David Morris looked stangely lethargic in dropping a majority decision to Larches Scott Fitzgerald.
Appearing on the Halifax ABC show light welterweight Peter Prescott made his debut, and despite improving with every round lost on points to the unorthodox Mohammed Awais of the home club. In the bout of the night, welterweight Ryan Lewis lost a controversial majority points decision to Halifax' Matthew Wheeler.
Good news finally arrived for the Leigh club with an outstanding performance by 14 year old welterweight Jordan Alexander on the Gemini ABC show in Liverpool on sunday. Facing the more experienced and taller opponent Paul Culverwell of Earl Shilton ABC, Jordan continually forced the pace, scoring with thunderous blows to head and body. The referee calling a halt to the action in the third after giving the Leicester based boxer two standing counts. Following this, 11 year old Adam Ridge also won by stoppage over Colin Pye of Transport ABC.
Finally 12 year old Michael Connor lost a majority points decision to Liam Corness of St Aloysius ABC in Liverpool.
They can't all win !
Leigh Amateur Boxing Club had a successful evening on Friday at the Audley Police ABC Show in Blackburn. First up was 12 year old light flyweight, Michael Connor who continued his winning run with a power packed performance in outpointing Ashton Albion's George Holland. Forcing the action from the first bell, the Leigh boxer worked to body and head to take a unanimous points win.
Next up was 19 year old welterweight Ryan Lewis who recorded his third straight stoppage in a row opposite the home club's Bilal Shoth. In a wildly exciting bout both boxers stood toe to toe blasting away for two rounds, but in the third Lewis' extra power began to tell, and after taking a barrage of heavy shots, Shoth was rescued by his corner. Ryan next appears on the Lancaster Boys ABC show on May 9th, while Michael boxes in Liverpool next saturday
Appearing at the Bolton Elite ABC Show were Leigh's 12 year olds Chris King who lost on points to Abdul Roshid of Hamer ABC and debutant Sean Kenny who lost out on points to Sean Hughes of Roche ABC
Other Leigh ABC boxers in action over the past week with Ryan Lewis having a stoppage victory over Andy Cockerill of Charnwood ABC in Stoke, while Paul Harris lost to Aram Adjogate of Stoke ABC.
At the weekend three members of Leigh ABC travelled to the Isle of Man as part of the East Lancs Divisional Squad. Eleven year old Adam Ridge unluckily lost by majority decision to Manx boxer Niall Fielding and was accompanied by East Lancs Head Coach Adrian Fleming.
Leigh Amateur Boxing Club had seven local boxers appearing on a 13 bout bill at the latest sell-out show at Lowton Civic Hall on Friday evening.
Opening the show and making his debut, 12 year old light flyweight Chris King of Westleigh High School gave an all action performance in beating Crewe ABCs Sam Rogerson.
Another Westleigh High School representative next entered the ring in 12 year old lighy flyweight Michael Connor. Matched with Danny Longworth of Newbury & Farnworth ABC, Michael dominated from the first bell, taking every round on the way to a unanimous points win.
Bantamweight Ed Kirkham, of St Aldreds High School Newton, put in a gutsy display constantly taking the action to his bigger opponent, Alex Hyland of Vauxhall Motors ABC. It was never quite enough though, Ed losing on points.
Lowton High School light flyweight, 14 year old Jonathan Brown, continued his recent good form with a comprehensive points win over a much more experienced Alistair Elder of Sefton ABC.
In one of the most exciting bouts of the evening, Bedford School welterweight Hafeez Samad, showed real inner strength in overcoming an early count and heavy pressure to almost turn the result around in his bout with Aaron Edwards of Pioneer Community ABC. After going behind in the first two rounds, Hafeeze made an astonishing final round surge, and scoring with very heavy right hands, it was only the final bell that saved the exhausted and battered Edwards. A points loss but a moral victory for Hafeeze.
The experience of Ashley Peyton proved far too much for Centurions ABCs Craig Boardman, the Leigh boxer dominating throughout to take a clear points win.
Penultimate Leigh boxer to appear saw the exciting debut of 19 year old light middleweight Ryan Lewis. In a blistering display of speed and power, Ryan blasted through Jamie Wroe of Salford s Broughton ABC, the referee rescuing Wroe early in the second round.
Boxing in Liverpool for the first time, 12 year old light flyweight Michael Connor was matched on the Dovecot ABC Show opposite the home club's Sean Coulter. In an amazing setting, the club being an old converted theatre, the bout was second on the bill. As the first bell rang, southpaw Coulter took the action straight to the Leigh boxer, but showing great footwork Connor evaded the heavy looking blows and scored with neat straight shots. Now getting into his stride, Michael turned up the pressure reigning shots from all angles onto the retreating Liverpudlian. A powerful right hand caught Coulter forcing the referee to give an eight count as the bell sounded for the end of the first. Now showing great composure, the Leigh boxer mixed his shots, continually catching the home boxer and after administering two more counts to the overwhelmed Coulter, the referee stopped the action midway into the second round. A cool, clinical performance from the Leigh youngster.
Leigh ABC had Michael Connor appearing on the Skerton ABC show on Friday. Unbelievably 12 year old Michael was on 10th opposite John Stewart of Skerton ABC and after a slow start the Leigh youngster finally began to display his undoubted skills. Unfortunately Michael just lost out on a majority points decision.
Ashley Peyton kicked the season off in style with a dominant performance for the North West Select team in Nantwich on Tuesday evening. Winning every round over his outgunned opponent, 21 year old Nadeem Abil of the Midlands Select, Ashley had a fast start, and indeed Abil was lucky to survive the first round. Showing great composure Ashley, the only East Lancs boxer in the squad, continued to pressure the Birmingham based boxer for the next two rounds to take a deserved win. The North West lads coming out 4 - 3 winners. Next up for Ash is Scott Kendrick (21) of Ardwick Lads ABC on Saturday 24th November
Leigh boxers took part in another marathon sparring session at Billy Graham's Phoenix Camp Gym in Denton, Manchester on Thursday evening. With interested spectators Matthew Macklin and Kerry Kays ringside, Kelton, Jonny, Ed, Hafeez, Chris, Scott & Robert worked with the Phoenix Camp boys including top class amateurs Alfonso Vieyra, Kieron Maher & Marcus Morrison.
Newbury & Farnworth ABC were at the Boxing & Fitness Center on Tuesday evening with the experienced Jake & Wade Barrick along with Reece Smith sparring with Michael, Jonny & Ed.
Bantamweight Martin Pilkington put in a great performance on Monday evening on the Salisbury ABC Show in Liverpool. In his first Senior bout, Pilky threw everything he had at his older, more experienced and strong opponent Esam Saleh of the home club, but it wasn't quite enough to get the nod from the judges. His performance though puts him in great shape for the upcoming Senior Novice Championships.
Leigh ABC bantamweight Martin Pilkington boxes on the Salisbury ABC Show on Monday 22nd October at the Dockers Club in Toxteth. His opponent is the experienced 22 year old Esam Saleh. Saleh is known to Leigh ABC having stopped Neil Boulton over 3 years ago. This will be a cracking opener for the season for Pilky who hopefully will then be going for the East Lancs Senior Novice Championships.
Boxers from Chorley ABC came to the Boxing & Fitness Center to spar with a number of the Leigh boys, including former Leigh ABC Club Captain and two time Boxer of the Year Chris Jackson who is helping prepare the lads for the upcoming Leigh ABC Show on Friday 30th November 07.
Leigh ABC returned the favour to Phoenix Camp ABC by taking seven boxers to spar at Ricky Hatton's Gym in Denton Manchester. In a mammoth sparring session Chris King, Ed Kirkham and Jonny Brown all mixed in and performed well with the Phoenix boxers. Particularly impressive for the Leigh squad on the night were Jordan Alexander, Michael Connor and Martin Pilkington alongside Ashley Peyton.
There was top quality sparring on show on Sunday morning(30th sept)with the visit of Phoenix Camp ABC from Manchester and Broughton ABC from Salford. Phoenix Head Coach Lee Beard brought along National Junior Champions Alfonso Vieyra and Kieron Maher. Both worked well with a number of Leigh ABC boxers,Rob, Ash, Pilky and Scott. Also Steve Goodwin, Broughton Head Coach, had two North West Counties Schoolboy Champions in action, Dylan Jones and Ciaron Hayes, along with Leigh's Jonny, Ed and Chris.
Image: Alfonso Vieyra
Five local boxers who have all learnt their skills at the club and progressed into the Leigh ABC Boxing Squad all took their ABA medicals in Preston on thursday evening. Chris King, Ed Kirkham, Michael Connor, Peter Prescott and Howard Gee will all now be looking to make their ABA debuts as soon as possible. It could be a busy season !
Ashley Peyton's bout with Tariq Khan has unfortunately fallen through, but he will now box on the Buxton ABC Show on Friday 2nd November against Paul McIntyre of Tom Lowe ABC
18 year olds Robert Bordon (81kg) and Martin Pilkington (54kg) will both be entered in the Senior Novice Under 20 bout Championships on the 31st October. Both have been training hard and while Robert will probably have a warm up bout, Pilky (below with New York based Francisco Figueroa) will have to wait until the East Lancs Round as he is already on the 20 bout limit.
The Leigh ABC Boxing Squad were put through another gruelling pre-season training session at Marsh Playing Fields on thursday evening.Senior boxers were joined by squad newcomers, Josh Cooke, Peter Prescott, Chrade Chin Chuck, Michael Connor and Chris King.
Following on from the pt training session with Commander Clayton at the Flash the week before, the lads gave 100% in the distance runs and sprint sessions overseen by Head Coach Adrian Fleming.
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