The CARLISLE Villa Amateur Boxing Club has made an impressive start to the new boxing season after 18 months of inactivity due to Covid-19.
With six wins in three weeks, the club once again impressed on the road.
First, Mitchel Watson took part in the Brandon Boxing Club show in Durham. Mitchel faced undefeated prospect Harvey Smith who represented the host club.
Mitchel boxed well in all three rounds for an impressive unanimous victory on points.
Marc Haughan, 17, was hoping to build on the success he enjoyed before the lockdown when he won the national junior development title at 70kg.
With just 48 hours’ notice, Marc traveled to Leicester to face East Midland champion Calvin Chekki, who represents the West Warwicks Boxing Club.
Chekki started well to counter Marc’s every move, but it was Marc who landed the best shot of the lap – a long left to the head – that forced Chekki to get on the ropes where he covered himself well for escape Marc’s follow-up.
After the third round, the result was the same on the scorecards of all three judges – a unanimous decision for Haughan.
He was back at Leicester the following weekend for another bout where Mitchel Watson hoped to do two out of two in a week.
He was confronted by Spencer Stacey on his home show at Leicester Sports Center.
He didn’t disappoint and pushed Mitchel away for the entire third round, but good footwork and hand speed kept Mitchel out of trouble and he took the win by split decision.
Then, for the Villa, there was a trip to Blackburn, where four boxers competed in the ABC Technique open show at Blackburn Youth Zone.
Cain Quinn entered a contest with a local favorite – Cain made enough shots to earn points unanimously.
It was Orlando, 15, who was next to hit the road as he competed in the regional national development final in Manchester.
Faced left-handed boxer Archie Ferguson (Jennings CBA) in the junior under 60 kg final. With the round toss, Orlando threw a four-shot salute that his opponent took well but looked very dejected when the bell rang. Orlando has been crowned regional champion and will spend the next weekend taking on the North East champion in the domestic quarter-finals in Manchester.
To end a busy and successful few weeks, 17-year-old David Quinn was back in action. He faced off against Will Williams (Jennings CBA) on their home show in Chorley, Lancashire. The crowd was on their feet the entire fight as both boxers hit heavy shots, but it was David who came away with a well-deserved split decision victory.