Busy George bags another county title with Wakefield win

Ben Malone, George Standring (centre), Clayton Varey (right)
Ben Malone, George Standring (centre), Clayton Varey (right)

George Standring is a Yorkshire ABA junior champion for the second year running.

The Hebden Bridge BC member has taken the step up to an older two-year age group in the 66kg class his stride.

However, it was a close run thing against regular opponent Ben Maloney at Havercroft Sports Centre, Wakefield on Sunday.

Standring, 14, won by a split decision to make it two wins from three fights against the Bridlington ABC boxer.

Hebden Bridge club chief Clayton Varey said Maloney was given a standing count in the third round and that had proved decisive.

“George landed some big head shots,” said Varey. “It was a great performance.”

It was Standring’s third win in eight days, starting with success over Halifax’s Arron Greenwood in the county quarter-finals.

He booked his place in the final with a unanimous points win over City of Hull BC’s Kai Gibson on Humberside last Friday in a performance described by Varey as “classy.”

Standring now moves forward to the national pre-quarter finals in Wakefield in the middle of March. If successful he will not have to go far for the semi-finals and finals, which will be in Sheffield. Last year Standring won the national title at Huddersfield.

Bridge’s Tyler Brocklehurst, 11, was beaten in his 37kg contest by the host club’s Daneil Finchette at Halifax ABC’s show at Ladyship Mills, Ovenden last Friday.

Jack Hirst will have his second fight in Bridge club colours on Friday. The 17-year-old, who won his opener recently, will fight Ethan Squires from Bad Boys ABC at 60kg in Nottingham.