Boxing: Fundraiser for Manchester bomb victims at Brickcroft Social Club

Date published: 04 July 2017

Hamer Amateur Boxing Club and Clayton Boxing Club, along with other Northwest Regional Clubs raised £2,464.34p at the 'Fight 4 Manchester Bomb Victims Boxing' event at Brickcroft Social Club on Friday (23 June).

The night started off with a skills bout between Hamer female boxer, 10-year-old Allana Shaw - who put on a terrific performance - and Monae Smith of JR Gym. No decision is given in a skills bout and both girls had their arms raised at the end to the appreciation of the crowd.

The second bout saw Cameron Horrocks, of Metro ABC, beat Mckenzie Fisher, of Team Kaobon ABC, by unanimous decision.

John Varey, of Sharpstyle ABC, also won by unanimous decision, beating Pat Lawrence, of Technique ABC.

Macclesfield's Noel Straw won by split decision against Lex Pedley, of Fit2XL.

Bout number six saw Charlie Haigh, of Radcliffe ABC, stop Harry Karby, of Wildcard, in the second round.

Hamer boxer Aeron Maddocks came next and he used intelligent work-rate to out score Baily Hacket, of Astley ABC, by unanimous decision.

Mike Linfoot, of Blackrod ABC, beat Tom Sharkey, of Penrith ABC, by unanimous decision.

Brayden Davis, of Donnington ABC, beat Kai Morley, of Clayton ABC, by unanimous decision.

Bout number 10 saw Sam Smith, of Littleborough ABC, win by split-decision over Viktou Chaputa, of Penrith ABC.

Bradley Thompson, of Donnington ABC, beat Brian Stokes, of Clayton ABC, by unanimous decision.

Curtis Magee beat Kai Whitehead, of Littleborough ABC.

The thirteenth and final bout of the evening saw Darren Ried, of Darnhill ABC, beat Lewis Farrelly, of Love Boxing, by unanimous decision.

Hamer head coach Steven Connellan said: "It was a brilliant night of boxing - skillfully matched by John Brindle, of Clayton ABC.

“I cannot thank enough the numerous people who gave up their time and effort to get this show up and running at such short notice. There are so many I would like to thank, like Brickcroft Social Club who let us use their venue free of charge. The North West boxing officials who also gave up their time free of charge. A big thank you must go out to Gary Dunn of Ringmasters, who let us use his boxing ring free of charge and to All Sport of Sunderland who supplied us free trophies for the boxers.

“A big thank you goes to Manchester celebrity, Callum Harrison, who plays Clayton Hibbs in Coronation Street, who kindly, along with England Boxing Representative Liz Norris, gave up their time to hand out the trophies to the boxers.

“Also, I would like to thank the best MC in the business, Eddie Copeland, who also gave up his time free of charge, and to Patrick Connellan, of Love ABC, who provided free food for all of the boxers and officials.

"A big thank you must go to Stephen Murray who went around the pubs of Rochdale with a bucket collecting well over £100, but he biggest thank you goes to 15-year-old Clayton boxer Curtis Magee who raised an incredible amount of £462 pounds all on his own.

“The boxing season is virtually over for us yet so many clubs and their young boxers managed to make it at such short notice and at a cost to their own pocket and they made it a great night of boxing for the paying public, who also showed great support and respect for all of the boxers, whilst also generously distributing more money from their pockets to help us gain such a fantastic amount of money.

“I have to also thank the girls from Hamer ABC and Clayton ABC who also gave up their time to collect money on the door, served food and sold raffle tickets.

“God bless the victims and survivors of the Manchester atrocity and I hope the money raised helps them in some way.”

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