FRIDAY, November 4, was the date for the inaugural Lancaster Boxing Academy’s night of amateur boxing staged at the Globe Arena in Morecambe.
The Lancaster Boxing Academy is part of the larger Lancaster and Morecambe Youth Academy which has its premises on the Langdale Industrial Estate in Morecambe.
First on the bill representing Lancaster Boxing Academy was Levi Smith and he was pitted against Michael Lightfoot from Chorley ABC.
This was the first fight for both boxers, and when the first bell went this became quite apparent.
With both fighters reluctant to let any shots of note go, it was Smith who delivered with the first telling punch knocking his opponent’s head back with two stiff jabs.
The second and third had a similar pattern and by the end of the contest Smith had clearly outclassed his rival.
The second contest was again two newcomers to the game. Marcello Ceraldi from Lancaster and Daniel Pinnington from the Manx ABC Club had a much closer contest with each boy landing with some shots that went far beyond their years and experience, and at the final bell it was apparent that Ceraldi had been the busier by far.
The final two bouts of the night saw Lancaster’s Aaron Helliwell and Liam Rodgers face experienced opposition in Chris Slater of Chorley ABC and Glen Hamilton of Manx ABC.
Both fighters looked comfortable on the front-foot and equally so, on the back-foot, with Helliwell landing shots at a ratio of two to one and achieving a decisive points victory.
Rodgers was perhaps a little more patient landing more with counter punches, but the end result was the same, a secure points victory.
On hand to present the trophies – only a week before the defence of his title in Manchester – was British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, who now lives in Morecambe.
To read the full report, covering every fight, see the Lancaster Guardian (17-11-11) for full story.