MASON Cartwright bid farewell to the Royal Navy Junior ABA Championships at Bolton Excel Leisure Centre on Saturday as he lost his semi-final bout.
The 16-year-old Vauxhall Motors ABC junior welterweight was hopeful of becoming the club’s second major finalist – after Paul Butler – having dispatched Bulkington Sports and Social ABC’s Tommy Brown to get there.
But his opponent in the last four, Callum Winterton of Hartlepool Catholic ABC, was no slouch and he more than challenged Cartwright’s tactical nous.
On paper the fight looked like a whitewash, finishing 22-9 to Winterton, but it was a fight that Cartwright could have won.
Winterton went looking for a scrap from the off, stalking his foe Jake Lamotta-style and taking whatever the Motors man could deliver in order to stay close and offload his own shots.
It was a clumsy approach, but effective as Cartwright failed to analyse his rival’s tactic and spot the angles that would have opened things up for him.
Add to that the fact the judges could see Winterton doing a lot of work and landing blows and the scorecard quickly got away from Cartwright.
The young fighter never clawed his points deficit back and lost each of the three rounds to crash out of the championships.
Afterwards Winterton described Cartwright as “the toughest boxer he had fought”.
Vauxhall Motors ABC are hosting a boxing show at the EPIC on Saturday, May 29.
Doors open at 7.30pm and entry is £10 for adults, £5 for children (pay on the door).