In these days of so much going on I wonder how Wayne Smith of the Golden Gloves ABC manages to put on a boxing show every month.

This month’s show on Wednesday 6th December 2017 produced quality boxing, first class officialdom and as usual brilliant sportsmanship from the capacity house.

The show started with 4 top class skills bouts. How these youngsters enjoy strutting their stuff! The skills bout between Gloden Gloves’ Leevi White and Nathan Wilson (Old Swan) really set the show off to a great start.

Schools bouts (3 x 1.5 mins)

A. J. Bassett (Sefton ABC) beat Sam Norris (Stocksbridge ABC) in a very competitive bout that could have gone either way.

Faris Elsoriemy (Golden Gloves) lost to Team Greaves ABC’s Awais Mirza in another cracking bout.

Junior Bouts

Golden Gloves ABC Hassam Salem lost to Sefton ABC’s Joe Fleming in a tremendous bout that had everything. Fleming has a wonderful left jab that would do alot of professionals proud. This boy can throw good combinations off his jab and is not afraid to go toe to toe. Though he won he was made to fight for every point in a great bout.

Youth Bouts (3 x 2 mins)

Old Swan’s Jacob Marc Janil caused the ref to intervene against West Wirral’s Will Treanor at the end of the 1st round after Treanor had taken two standing counts. A very timely stoppage.

Seniors

Golden Gloves’ Ali Sohaiki and Moss Side Champs Camp’s Tatenda Magambe engaged in a very even contest that produced good jabbing, good combinations and good ring craft with Tatenda gaining the nod.

Golden Gloves’ Leith Taha stopped Sam Lewis (Boxing Fit ABC) in the first after Lewis took two counts, once more it was a timely stoppage. Leith fired quickfire combinations off the jab and just did not give Sam Lewis a chance to get into the contest.

Alfie Williams (Derry ABC) won a verdict over Moss Side Champs’ Mohammed Hussain in another crowd plesing bout.

Golden Gloves’ Femi Aziz got the nod over Kayde Mackenzie (Moss Side Champs) in another all action bout with Aziz boxing on the front foot behind a high guard and firing hurtful punches to head and body with Kayde only too pleased to join in.

Golden Gloves’ Genadij Kajevski won another humdinger of a fight with Sharpstyle ABC’s Lewis Munroe. This was another nip and tuck affair with good boxing, stiff punching, clever ring craft and what a fast paced bout it was.

Elite Senior

Once again Golden Gloves’ Gavin Ackah featured in the bou of the night and lost a tight verdict to Kirkby’s Danny Curtain.

These two well schooled boys boxed with aggression behind their jabs throwing combinations to head and body and showing lovely defensive skills and lateral movement in this breathtaking contest.

The pace never slackened and each of them fought as if their life depended on the verdict. Whenever one seemed to gain the edge his adversary would come storming back. The whole house erupted in a standing ovation at the end of an outstanding contest. It’s a pity there had to be a loser in this epic of a contest.

In the show closer Golden Gloves’ Khalid Mahdi lost over the distance to Sharpstyle ABC’s Louis Wright. This bout was full of endeavour and Mahdi was the aggressor. However Louis Wright was not to be denied and boxed well behind a lovely left jab and combinations to take a close but just verdict.

I can’t thank the Golden Gloves Committee enough for putting such a wonderful show on. As per usual at a Gloves show I met up with old friends from my involvement with Munro / Hyland and it’s good to see Danny Costello and Alex Moon helping out at the Gloves and Kirkby ABC respectively.

Until next time, good luck, God bless.

Tommy Dix.

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