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Age proves no barrier for cruiserweight Sam
9:37am Saturday 24th February 2007 in By Toby Robinson
TEENAGE prospect Sam Lee emerged from a controversial defeat with plenty of pride.
The Crewe cruiserweight gave it his all against an opponent five years his senior as Joey Singleton's stable returned to action this month.
And neutrals at the Wilmslow Sport Centre probably expected the 17-year-old to get the nod on the judges' scorecards.
Hosted by Macclesfield ABC, Lee had his work cut out when matched against experienced local fighter Steve King.
Out of the ring for the best part of 10 months, he knew he'd also have the partisan crowd to contend with.
It was no surprise to see the short but strong King emerge from the corner eager to please them, forcing the pace in the first.
Obviously the Crewe lad was a little rusty but managed to get it out of system boxing on the retreat before the bell sounded.
Then it all turned around in the second round as Lee began to force his opponent on the back foot, scoring with several heavy shots.
He went on to dictate the contest and a commanding third round looked sure to seal victory.
However the judges decided otherwise, awarding King a majority decision.
Surprised at the verdict, former British light-welterweight champ and Lonsdale Belt holder Singleton was delighted with his charge.
"Sam's barely 17 and he did himself and the club proud boxing a strong 25-year-old," he said.
Fellow prospect Alf Sackey was also due in action but yet again his opponent pulled out at the last minute.
Based at a new gym at the Cheshire Academy on Macon Way, Joey believes improved facilities will help all those who train at the club.
"The move's gone well and we're over the moon with the new gym," he said.
"Everyone will benefit from the improved facilities we have now."
Joey was keen to thank the following who helped the club with the move - Geoff Beadle (CNBC), Doug and Gary (DP Welding), Gary Davidson, Neil Merry and Paul the electrician.