Pickering fights for county belt

BUXTON Amateur Boxing Club representative Liam Burke continued his comeback from injury in style with a unanimous points victory at senior light middleweight level.

Burke has struggled with injury throughout this season, and had picked up a bad injury to his right hand in the week leading up to the contest against Ripley’s Mehew at Aldercar and Langley Mill ABC’s home show.

Undeterred by this, Burke entered the bout looking to work off the jab and test his right hand. He boxed the contest beautifully, catching Mehew with a simple one-two as he walked into his attacks, with Burke using a clinical jab to score when his opponent became wary of leading off.

The dominant Buxton boxer soon started to incorporate fast flurries when Mehew was backed up on the ropes, and in the final round enjoyed success to the body of his Ripley opponent on his way to victory.

Elsewhere, Jon Pickering won a compelling contest against Nottingham talent Connor Sery - these top youth boxers meeting for the third time this season.

The first round ebbed and flowed as both lads had good success. Pickering was told to let the shot go, move and look to score again, and mindful of Sery’s dangerous hook he tightened the defence for a close second session.

The tide of the bout changed during the third as Pickering’s conditioning started to pay off. Scoring with accurate straights, he had success with the body and managed to block a number of heavy shots thrown by his strong opponent.

Taking care to defend himself on the break, Pickering pushed in a good final round to take victory in an excellent contest.

Pickering will step up a weight on Sunday when he challenges for the vacant 71kg Derbyshire belt against Chesterfield’s Nathan Whitehead.