A BOXING Club have staged their first show since the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns.

Youngsters returned to training at Holmes Chapel Boxing Club in March and started sessions in the gym as restrictions eased in April.

Six months later, all the hard work paid off.

For the home club, Rhys Bayliss opened the skills bouts against the talented Joe Keys from Carlisle Villa followed by Olly Ramsey versus Monty Galley of Keatesys Boxing Academy, Ashton Bayliss versus Ayan Ashgar from Bolton’s Premier Boxing Club, Charlotte Goodwin versus Maddie Nicholas from Boxing Fit and then Isaac Hurst versus Aston Heywood from Technique ABC.

Just before the interval, Max Harrison made his competitive debut with a unanimous points decision against Jack Holden from Carlisle Villa.

Max started on the front foot and continued to push forward during an aggressive display from both boxers that resulted in the contest being voted Best Bout.

After the interval, the experienced Callum Levitt boxed the equally skilled Lee Garner from Wakefield Trinity over three high-paced rounds that saw Levitt victorious at the final bell.

Also scheduled to box were Ethan Fiske, Lucas Baker, Josh Ginty and Callum Brougham. Unfortunately their contests were unable to go ahead, through no fault of the home boxers, but all were still recognised by the guest of honour, former world champion Anthony Crolla.