Macclesfield Boys’ Boxing Club’s Pete Bebbington is bidding for national glory this weekend.
After his clubmate Liam Hanrahan suffered defeat in his semi-final Bebbington became the north west region’s sole representative in the ABA Elite Championship final.
The MBBC pair had impressed as they overcame quality opponents in the preliminary rounds and quarter-finals to earn their places in the final-four matches at Newbiggins Sports Centre in the north east.
Disappointment came Hanrahan’s way in his 57kg bout with Great Britain squad select fighter Qais Ashfag from Meanwood ABC.
In a match that showed a real contrast of styles there was the strong pressurising approach of Hanrahan, up against the elusive switch counter-punching of Ashfag, both possessing top-drawer talent.
Opening the first round Hanrahan looked to chase Ashfag down, but the round was scored 5-2 to Ashfag. The match continued in a similar vein, with Hanrahan only occasionally managing to close in on Ashfag and failing to pin his man down.
Had he landed some shots to the body, things could have been different. A 16-8 projected scoreline in the second and 21-10 at the final bell, dashed the hopes of Hanrahan.
Understandably disappointed at not making the final, Hanrahan was garcious enough in defeat to repsect Ashfag’s tactics on the night.
There was success for Bebbington though, as he totally overwhelmed Cleckheaton fighter Ashley Vanzie.
The focused and determined Bebbington won emphatically with a 14-point margin.
He even seemed to have eased off at times during the second, but Bebbington in full flow can be mesmerising and his accurate delivery and sharp thinking led to a final score of 18-4, a rating that means he thoroughly deserved his place in the ABA senior final, which takes place this Friday at York Hall, Bethnal Green London.