Golden showings from Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club

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Sterling performances from two hard-hitting members of Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club confirmed that the recently-formed club intends to be a knockout performer in 2012 and beyond.

After 10 years away from the boxing ring, Mansfield’s ‘Golden Boy’ Jay Lapko recently made his long-awaited comeback.

And the 22-year-old, who had won six out of seven bouts before taking time off, defied the odds stacked against him to make his return a winning one.

With his being the final bout on the 13-fight card in Birmingham, Jay didn’t enter the ring until after midnight. Even then, his opponent enjoyed a far greater height and reach advantage. Then in the second round, he picked up a slight hand injury.

Despite this, he still managed to win the contest on points.

Said Jay: “I thought I did OK for my first fight back. It was a really good learning experience.

“I think I’ve got to counter-punch more, because I was slipping shots and getting in range but then not throwing anything.

“But it’s a win. Now I’ve just got to keep training, focus on my next fight, and hopefully keep winning.”

The boxer, who competed at 63kg, thanked club coaches Richard Wheldon and Chris Jowett for training him for his fight.

Richard added: “The thing that impressed me most was I saw Jay hurt his hand in the second round following a punch and I saw his reaction and thought I was going to have to pull him out. But when he came back to the corner he said ‘don’t stop the fight’.

“Then he went out and had his best round! He was landing with some fantastic shots- and I thought he was losing up until that point.

“So, being away from home, on an away show, and against a local lad, he did absolutely fantastic.”

Meanwhile, Kirkby’s talented boxer Jordan Cameron stepped between the ropes in Leicester at the beginning of the month to face a daunting task against unbeaten boxer Josh White.

But during an extremely close contest Jordan produced three rounds of quality boxing, and he splattered his opponent’s nose in the middle stages of the bout.

Richard described the action as ‘one of the best fights he has ever seen’ and added that with the nature of his performance, Jordan proved that he belongs at the highest level. He also revealed there will be a highly-anticipated rematch between the two rivals, after the narrow decision went in favour of the ‘home’ boxer.

The rematch takes place on Huthwaite Boxing Club’s big night of amateur boxing on 9th March at the Forest Town Welfare. Kirkby ABC’s Aiden Murcott is also set to be in action on the night, against a heavy-handed challenger from Bulwell.

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £15.