THE national final of the Golden Gloves competition proved one step too far for Vauxhall Motors ABC’s Joel Crossley.
On his way to the final he consistently impressed, digging deep to qualify from the local and regional sections.
But he did not have enough in his locker to win the overall title as West Ham ABC’s Myles Cousins saw him off at Knottingley Sports Centre in Wakefield.
There was some disappointment in the Motors camp surrounding the points scoring however. The first round, which was evenly contested, went to Cousins 4-1 and the match ended 18-3 to the Londoner. While his coaches did not dispute that Crossley lost, the margin of the victory caused disbelief within the Motors ranks.
In Leigh, another promising Vauxhall fighter, Mason Cartwright, continued to enhance his growing reputation with a points win over Marcus Morrison of Phoenix ABC.
This was a grudge match as Morrison had beaten Cartwright before and, despite his opponent being bigger, heavier and very powerful, the Motors fighter picked his shots well and landed some big blows.
Morrison was a little ring-rusty in his first bout since a spell out, but Cartwright earned his victory.