Lisburn Boxing Club have two new Ulster Champions.
At the recent Ulster Nine Counties Novice Championships, local boxers Jake Walker and Lelo Kambule were fighting in their first Championships and both were victorious after two top class displays.
Up first was Jake at 54kg. As the bell went for the first round, Jake’s opponent came racing out and threw a combination of punches at Jake, which the local lad blocked and moved superbly out of the way. He countered with a big jab, which stunned his man and from that point, Jake started to take control of the fight.
As his opponent tried to get back into the reckoning, Jake simply used his jab and moved brilliantly.
The second round was more of the same as Jake upped his work-rate and caught his man with some lovely right hands to the body, which resulted in his opponent getting a standing count.
In the third round, Jake’s man came out and tried to pressure him but the Lisburn boxer was in total control and easily thwarted his attack.
As the round went on, Jake picked his man off almost at will with some lovely one-twos and big body shots, which resulted in his man taking another standing count.
In the end, Jake won the fight 3-0 to be crowned Ulster Champion of the Boy 1 56kg category, and deservedly so after a fantastic performance.
Up next was Lelo at 57kg. He faced a tough boy from Raphoe.
As the bell went, the two boxers moved towards each other, each getting off a good jab. The fight was on.
Lelo’s opponent came forward strongly, throwing left and rights at Lelo, who did well to dodge and counter with a one-two to the head and a nice left hook to the body.
As the round went on, both fighters exchanged punches, with Lelo just moving that wee bit better.
In the second round, Lelo came out more up for the battle and started to throw his punches with more fluency, catching his man with some lovely jabs and right hands while moving well to evade any attacks.
As his opponent tried to push Lelo back with a barrage of punches, Lelo showed some great footwork to get himself out of trouble.
In the third round, it was all to play for as the two boys exchanged punches at will. As Lelo’s man pushed him back with a one-two, Lelo slipped a right hook and came back with two hooks of his own, which put his man on the back foot.
Lelo went on the attack, catching his man with some great shots and finished the fight strongly.
As the bell went, it was a close call but Lelo ran out 2-1 winners to be crowed Ulster Champion of the Boy 2 57kg category.
It’s a great achievement by both Lisburn Boxing Club boys and the club send their congratulations on a job well done.