Team Captain Mike Leask
“The team to fight New York Police Department were selected from scratch in January and have been training from then at the Clovenstone gym every Friday. They trained for 2 hrs every Friday and a number of the guys lost up to 2 stone in weight.”
Deputy Chief Brian McCarthy, Sport and Recreation Co-ordinator Steve Harding and ACC Bill Skelly
Photo Courtesy of Neil Spowart
“The actual event was a huge success with the team defeating NYPD who had not been beaten before. Their boxers were picked via a selection process in the States and had demolished Staffordshire team on the Friday night. A fantastic amount was raised for our respective childrens charities, Caudwell Children Charity and Atlas Children’s Foundation
The Team consisted of:
Mike Leask- Captain/ Coach-Light middle Weight
Alan Mark- Heavy weight
Irfan Majid- Light middle weight
Craig McCall- Light Heavy weight
Callum Mill- Light Heavy weight
Dave McMahon- Cruiser Weight
Alan Lloyd- Light Heavy Weight
Brian O’Neill- Heavy weight
Steve Livinstone- Super Heavy Weight.
The guys fought brilliantly on the evening at the Corn exchange in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 500 family, friends and colleagues winning the event 4 -3. This was fantastic given that Irfan Majid, Alan Mark, Craig MaCall and of course Big Steve Livingstone had never actually boxed before.
The other bouts were very tough with Brian O’Neill knocking out his opponent in spectacular fashion and Alan Mark undeservedly losing the bout albeit the crowd had him winning the fight with a rock solid display and probably the fight of the evening.
Mike Leask fought a very experienced southpaw boxer and gained a good victory as did Dave McMahon who almost stopped his man in the 3rd round with excellent punching power however he was saved by the bell.
Callum Mill fought an experienced fighter likewise and was unlucky to lose the bout. Irfan Majid in his first ever boxing fight fought like an experienced amateur and was one of the stars of the show with his work horse effort and conditioning deservedly gaining the victory with a majority verdict on the judges score cards.
Craig MaCall was giving away a stone in weight and fought one of the best fighters on the American team but overcome the nerves to make it though to the end with some good defensive work, superb effort.
Alan Llloyd fought the coach of the American team in an exhibition bout to start the event and although the bout wasn’t scored it was great to see Alan box after almost 20 years away from the ring.
Steve Livingston was the star of the show boxing the ex World champion Tim Witherspoon. He was met by an electric reception and traded blows with the Ex champ and lasted the 3 x 2 minutes with ease. Bearing in Mind Steve struggled to last 1 minute of sparring when he started 12 weeks earlier. A fantastic effort from Steve and an inspiration to any potential boxer with ambition to box.
There will hopefully be a return leg in New York in October but there is discussions to be held with the Fire Service for a similar night in November again at the Corn Exchange.
We have won the W.C.B.C International cup which we will retain until the next event. A truly remarkable story given that we only started in January.”
Battle of the Badges Boxing team