Boxing
Pardoe reaches Midlands final

By Jamie Arrowsmith 06/03 Updated: 13/03 09:30

DROITWICH welterweight Michael Pardoe is through to the Midlands Finals of the Senior Amateur Boxing Association Championships.

The 25-year-old gave a powerful powerful display in outpointing Birmingham’s Marcus Ffrench in Bedworth at the weekend and he will now meet Lincoln’s Daryl Baptiste in the finals on Sunday.

Both Pardoe and Ffrench are stocky, hard-punching boxers who work best at close quarters, and they served up a feast of exciting in-fighting to an appreciative crowd.

Pardoe looked the more positive and accurate puncher from the start and he ended the first round two points up.

He really took control in the second round, punching cleanly and fluently to end the round ten points clear.

The third round was more scrappy as both boxers tired but Pardoe was still in the driving seat, winning the contest by a massive 13 points.

“Michael has not been having the best of seasons, but he definitely produced it today when it mattered and in this form he is in with a chance against any welterweight,” commented coach Chris Andrews.

“He has boxed Baptiste (an ex-Midlands champion) three times in the past, beating him once and twice losing on points, but every bout has been close, exciting and action-packed and the crowd can be assured of a repeat next Sunday.

"As a veteran of over 100 bouts, Michael has set his heart on winning the senior Midlands title and knows that this year could be his best chance. It would be fantastic if he achieves it, he is such a credit to the sport and to the club.”

Pardoe’s success follows a good evening for Droitwich boxers at a major Charity Dinner Tournament at Ross-on-Wye on Friday.

Harry Butler, 15, featured in the 'Bout of the Night' against Bristol’s Jake Smith, thought by many, including guest-of-honour Frank Maloney, to be one of the best bouts seen for a long time.

Harry lost narrowly on points but there were good wins for light middleweight Aaron Beckford, cruiserweight Sam Clegg and junior Michael O’Toole who is enjoying a good run of form, winning five of his last six bouts. George Butler lost a close points decision in the opening contest of the night.

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