Kirkby Amateur Boxing club’s most active boxer, Jordan Cameron, has again stepped through the ropes to represent his club.
Taking part in his eighth bout of the boxing season, Jordan featured on a big fight bill at Droitwich Leisure Centre in Birmingham.
After his original opponent had pulled out on the morning of the fight, Jordan found himself up against Droitwich Boxing Club’s Harry Butler, a far more accomplished and experienced boxer.
In three rounds of entertaining, top class boxing both competitors racked up the points with accurate shots. Jordan looked to have edged the first two rounds but Butler came on stronger in the closing stages and after the final bell the judges awarded Butler a majority decision.
The bout was so close, with the margin being of only two points, that after the bout Butler’s coach and father said he believed Jordan had clearly won the contest and subsequently promised the Manor School pupil a rematch with their boxer in the near future.
Jordan’s impressive performance came just 14 days after challenging for the Junior ABA Midlands 63kg title in Scunthorpe. There, the 16-year-old put in a sprited showing but slipped to a 17-3 points defeat against Kettering’s former champion Charlie Lee.
Kirkby ABC coach Richard Wheldon said: “Jordan’s been matched tough recently and I feel a bit guilty, but I’ve never believed in easy wins. If you want to be the best you’ve got to fight the best, and that’s what he’s doing. He’s facing some of the best boxers in the region.
“In my opinion Jordan clearly won his last bout and I think that was proven was when his opponent’s dad came over and said the same, so what the judges were watching I’m not sure!
“But Jordan did really well in both bouts and I’m proud of him.”
Jordan, who lists England’s former world champion Ricky Hatton as his favourite boxer, said: “It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it. Butler was a southpaw and he’d had twice as many fights as me but I’m really glad we took the fight.
“I want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Richard for the training, he puts a lot of his time in with me and I really appreciate it.”
Richard thanked Carl Wright Haulage for providing the boxing club with brilliant premises and for continually supporting Kirkby ABC.