Malone loses despite best display so far

James Precious, Robert Larkham and Harvie Retallic were in action in Hull over the weekend.

James Precious, Robert Larkham and Harvie Retallic were in action in Hull over the weekend.

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Bridlington ABC’s Ben Malone travelled to Sheffield to box Joel Hassan from Sunderland in the National Association of Boys and Girls Club’s Boxing Championships

The winner of the contest would secure a place in the top eight in the country.

Hassan possibly the toughest opponent Malone has faced in his 35 contests to date.

His preparation had been great and Malone was looking in good shape heading into the contest. He started quickly and set the pace early against the tall, strong North East boxer.

Malone was the aggressor throughout the first round with Hassan on the back foot.

The second round saw both boxers trying to work off the jab. Hassan tried to use his range well but the Bridlington corner felt their man was the quicker and seemed to be beating his opponent to the punch.

The third round was the busiest round from both boxers as they both worked hard to try and secure the win.

The Bridlington corner felt after three rounds they had done enough to move on to the next stage of the competition, however a split decision from the judges went in favour of Hassan.

Three of Malone’s team-mates, James Precious, Robert Larkham and Harvie Retallic were in action in Hull on Friday. Precious took revenge on Kerem Aykut of St Paul’s Club in Hull, who beat him in the recent show at the Spa, the other two had skills bouts.