Boxing: Louis Brown beats champion to clinch Yorkshire Challenge Belt

There was a big night of amateur boxing at Harehills WMC in Leeds on Saturday night that featured 15 top-quality bouts and also had three Yorkshire Challenge belts up for grabs.

Tuesday, 17th December 2019, 1:27 pm
Yorkshire Challenge Belt champion, Louis Brown. PIC: Mark Brow

After a fantastic night of junior boxing, the card culminated in the senior top-of-the-bill title fight for the Yorkshire Challenge Belt category B (69kg).

The current champion and belt holder, Joe Stilgoe, representing Henry Wharton’s Gym of York, faced the challenger in the form of Ilkley and Yorkshire county boxer, Louis Brow, 19, representing Eastburn ABC.

The challenger started very strongly in the first of the three, three-minute rounds against a very tough, experienced and resolute opponent displaying a strong jab with sporadic flurries of combinations only to be met with similar zeal and technical ability – the difference seemingly being some big shots that pierced through the opponent’s sturdy defence.

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Mark Robinson (coach Eastburn ABC), Yorkshire Challenge Belt champion Louis Brow, Naz Jalil (coach Eastburn ABC) and coach Jess Wilson. PIC: Mark Brow

The second round proved a cagier affair with both boxers attempting to pick the other off with targeted jabs, utilizing their defensive skills and footwork.

The final round was a real war of attrition as both fighters started to feel the effects of their earlier exertions, much to the appreciation of the vocal, supporting throng as two excellent boxers gave everything.

Both boxers were met with a standing ovation as the bell signalled the end of an arduous, yet enthralling contest and, after the judges tallied up their scorecards, Brow was announced as the new Yorkshire Challenge Belt champion.

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