NEWBIGGIN Boxing Club have discovered a star in the making.
Jimmy Tyers was at Liverpool at the weekend in the schools ABA national semi-finals.
He faced a tall order in his opponent, Kettering’s Patrick McCann, unbeaten in 23 fights and current European champion.
The feeling from McCann’s side was that it was a formality, however, that was not Tyers’s plan.
Unphased, Tyers jumped on him from the first bell and came back 5-6 down. The second round saw Tyers taking too many chances and he ended the round 7-14.
With a mountain to climb in the third, from the bell he attacked, landing massive shots to the point that McCann was ready to give up. He was on the ropes with his hands down taking some big shots with the referee looking keen to stop it when the final bell rang.
Unfortunately for Tyers, and Newbiggin, the result was 16-18 to McCann.
Apart from losing this fight it was a massive achievement to put on a performance like that against such a top opponent.
This ranks Tyers in the top three in England.
The club thanked Shaun Pringle, of Pringle Building Services, for covering the travelling expenses.
Paul Scott, of the club, said: “Without this kind of support it would be difficult to operate at this level.”