Scarborough ABC boxers shine in busy spell

Harry Ingle (red headguard)
Harry Ingle (red headguard)

Scarborough ABC boxers have recently been in good form at boxing promotions across the north of England.

Reigning Yorkshire champion Reece Harris-Mann, 15, travelled to Oldham where he faced Leigh ABC and England boxer Kyle Parr, the reigning national champion and European silver medalist, in the quarter finals of the junior championships.

Despite being the underdog Harris-Mann stuck to his task against the heavily favoured Parr, who was forced to produce his best form.

Harris-Mann competed with Parr, but the England boxer always appeared able to use his greater experience to edge the bout before being awarded a narrow points decision.

Both Harry Ingle, 15, and Riley Metcalf, 14, also faced national champions, with Ingle losing a close-fought battle at York against England schools ace Ted Jackson from Hull, who had to produce his best form to keep off an improving Ingle, who was narrowly edged out on points.

Metcalf sent out a strong message of intent at Bridlington when he faced champion, John Dugdale of Bradford.

Metcalf set the pace from the start, forcing Dugdale to continually hold or lean on in order to frustrate the Scarborough boxer.

With what appeared little to separate them, an extremely close points decision was given to Dugdale.

Also boxing at Bridlington was the promising Joe Cappleman, who produced another fine display of controlled boxing, switching his attacks from head to body of the Brid boxer Harvey Asquith before securing a convincing unanimous points decision.

Cappleman also joined four other clubmates in Cleethorpes in what turned out to be a hugely successful evening for Scarborough boxers.

First into the ring for Scarborough was Murphy Jenkinson, 11, against Lewis Dixon (Fusion ABC), over three close rounds Jenkinson stuck to the task of using reach advantage and better movement to constantly land the cleaner blows, before being awarded a well-deserved but close-fought points decision.

Stepping into the ring for his first bout Bobbie Cappleman (11) faced Liam Lennox (Fusion ABC) in a highly competitive clash.

Fortunately it was the Scarborough boxer that looked to be the busier of the two youngsters as he landed the cleaner more telling blows in order to secure the points decision.

Cousin Joe Cappleman (12) looked to enhance his reputation as he took control of his bout with Luca Ginifer (Fusion ABC).

Cappleman appeared to be the busier more accurate boxer before he was awarded another points decision.

Justin Rudd, 15, faced a dangerous opponent in Hull boxer Oscar Manning.

It was clear that both boxers looked to land heavy blows, with both trying to seize control.

However it was Rudd who landed some strength-sapping body blows, allowing the Scarborough lad to take a clear and decisive points victory.

Zeke Gledhill, 15, then took the fight to his Grimsby opponent Connor Gorry.

Over the two rounds Gledhill twice forced the referee to intervene in order to give Gorry standing counts before the bout was stopped in favour of Gledhill.