Gibson suffers quarter-final exit in nationals

Bridlington ABC
Bridlington ABC

Darren Boyes was not the only Bridlington boxer in the hunt for a title last weekend.

But sadly, Billy Gibson’s attempts to win the national Junior Cadet Championships fell at the quarter final stage.

Having won the Yorkshire finals earlier this month, Gibson travelled to the Havercroft and Ryhill Sports and Youth Centre, near Wakefield.

Fighting in the 54kg category, he was up against Jacob Dickinson, from the Birtley ABC, a two-time national champion.

Head coach Damien Grant said: “It was a very tough bout for Billy but he didn’t disappoint. He took the kid three rounds and proved that he can box with the very best.

“Billy began very nervously, knowing who his opponent was and what he had previously achieved made Billy rather wary early on.

“As the contest went on Gibson’s confidence grew and this showed in his boxing with him having a good share of the last round, perhaps winning it.

“But it wasn’t enough with the North East boxer edging the first two rounds.

Another Bridlington boxer who suffered disappointment at the weekend was Yorkshire finalist Ben Malone.

His scheduled bout on the club’s home show at the Spa was called off a couple of hours before he was due to step into the ring.

Malone was expecting to tackle Will Harty of the Barnsley Star ABC, in a rematch of a bout in the county championships.

But England Boxing rules do not allow as much of an age gap on a club boxing show as they do in championships, so he was left kicking his heels.

Meanwhile, Leah Smith will be in action in the national championships this weekend.

There are only three girls in her age and weight category, so a draw will be made on Saturday to see which two girls will box in the semi final and which one of them will get a bye to Sunday’s final.

She could face Shelly Sweeney from Harrow or Millicent Hanson from Hustwaite in Nottinghamshire.