BOXING: Bosley eyes glory during big weekend

Morgan Bosley and Far Cotton coach Driton Muhaxheri
Morgan Bosley and Far Cotton coach Driton Muhaxheri

Morgan Bosley finished off a fine weekend for Far Cotton ABC by reaching the quarter-finals of the Junior ABA Championships.

Bosley backed up wins by club-mates Connor Downs and Callum Terry on Friday and Saturday respectively as he earned victory against Euan Colley of Rotherham ABC.

The Far Cotton fighter impressed in Wakefield and will now head into the last eight.

He will box in Rotherham this Friday and could fight three days in a row with the semi-finals scheduled for Saturday and the final coming a day later.

Downs was in action in Liverpool last Friday as he took a last-minute bout with Bayode Okelele of Phoenix Fire ABC.

Downs started well, winning the first round and he continued to dominate as he secured a unanimous decision success.

Terry’s Far Cotton debut ended in victory as he earned a split decision win in Oxford.

Far Cotton’s Chantelle Walker was on the same bill as she fought in an exhibition match, putting in an outstanding display.

Controversy as Vaughan misses out in Junior ABA Championships

Ben Vaughan was on the wrong end of a controversial decision as he bowed out of the Junior ABA Championships at the pre-quarter-final stage.

The Kings Heath ABC ace lost on a split decision to Darnell Stirling (Arnold Yorkshire) in the light-welterweight division at Havercroft Leisure Centre in Yorkshire.

Stirling had started well, with the fast-moving fighter working effectively at long range behind his jab.

But Vaughan closed the gap in the second round and looked to have levelled the contest by continually taking the initiative on the front foot.

The third round was heavily one-sided, with Stirling taking a count after being floored.

But Stirling was given the verdict, leaving Kings Heath head coach Arthur Daly disappointed.

“Over the years I have come to accept that there are some bad decisions in this sport, but this rates as one of the worst that I have witnessed,” Daly said.

“Even allowing for a slow start and conceding the early round, the finish throughout the last two rounds was one of the strongest I have seen for some time.

“It simply beggared belief that the last round was not a 10-8 round and sealed it for Vaughan.

“The scoring was simply way out of line with the action in the contest.

“However, we have to be magnanimous in defeat and good luck to them in the next round. Nothing will change the decision.

“Ben was conceding almost two years to everyone throughout this competition so this was a serious learning curve and he has been superb.

“This is not a setback but simply a stepping stone for the future.

“Despite the bitter disappointment, Ben was back in the gym the following day.”