Airedale ABC began the new season as they left it - in winning form.
Head coach Mark Whitham and his charge Jordan Grandidge (age 23, 68kg) travelled over the Pennines to Clayton ABC, Burnley, to face a strong and experienced opponent in Harry Magee.
Magee began the bout aggressively, shortening the ring and closing Grandidge in with an early flurry of powerful hooks and jabs.
Grandidge maintained a cool head throughout this early threat, keeping his opponent at distance with stiff, accurate jab, despite Magee’s attempts to increase the pressure. Wild shots reined upon the Castleford man towards the end of round one, which enabled him to pick off his opponent with the cleaner, more spiteful jabs.
Round two began with Grandidge as the aggressor, catching Magee with hard shots to body and head.
Midway through Grandidge brought his opponent onto a cracking backhand uppercut that clearly stunned him and brought cheers from his supporters who had travelled over with him.
Clearly gaining the upper hand, Grandidge began the third round increasing his work rate and the pressure for Magee who was visibly overwhelmed at this pace.
Grandidge has boxed for Airedale ABC since the age of 13 and has developed into one of the best light welterweights in the region, representing Yorkshire in England and overseas. Jordan’s most recent national exposure came in the form of a split decision defeat to current England boxing champion Connor Loftus at the Yorkshire ABA finals in May.
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