Smith rolls back the years with a show stopping performance

THE WINNER! Pete Smith celebrates his victory. ANL-150712-190746009
THE WINNER! Pete Smith celebrates his victory. ANL-150712-190746009

Pat McAleese believes that the future of boxing in the area is looking good - even if it was veteran Pete Smith who stole the show at his latest promotion this weekend.

The 51-year-old Smith took up boxing little more than a year ago, hoping to raise some funds for the Make A Wish Foundation.

SHOW STOPPER: Pete Smith celebrates his victory with Pat MaAleese after stealing the show on Saturday night

SHOW STOPPER: Pete Smith celebrates his victory with Pat MaAleese after stealing the show on Saturday night

But after getting the bug training with former pro fighter McAleese, he returned to box at the Newmarket White Collar Fight Night, held at Granary Barns, Wooditton - delivering a body shot powerful enough to earn himself a second round victory against Eugene Sharp.

“He was a completely different fighter this year,” McAleese said. “The kid he stopped was 25 years younger.

“He came to me wanting to fight to raise some money for charity, but he’s fallen in love with the sport.

“It’s great to see. The difference over the past year is brilliant.”

Matt Fitch (Perfect U) took on LBA's Grant Lines. ANL-150712-190807009

Matt Fitch (Perfect U) took on LBA's Grant Lines. ANL-150712-190807009

But while Smith is proving that you’re never to old to give boxing a go, McAleese believes the future of the sport is looking very strong.

A number of younger fighters also appeared on the card, some of whom train under his stewardship at Newmarket’s Perfect U Fight Club.

“There’s a lot of good kids out there, it’s nice to see it,” McAleese added.

“Some of them did well on the show and there are a few more in the gym who are coming through but aren’t quite ready.

Andy Cosnett (Perfect U) met Danny Salters (O'Reilley's). ANL-150712-190732009

Andy Cosnett (Perfect U) met Danny Salters (O'Reilley's). ANL-150712-190732009

“I’m looking to put on another show in about March or April next year. Hopefully then they can show what they’ve got.”

McAleese also stepped into the ring on Saturday night, to take on Danny Salters in a blindfold boxing match.

The two pugilists put on the headguards and gloves, but added specially-made eye covers as well.

“It was just a bit of fun at the end of the night,” McAleese added.

“The crowd were making a lot of noise so I couldn’t hear what was going on. I was swinging in one corner not knowing he was the other side of the ring.

“You won’t win an Olympic gold in it, but it’s good entertainment.”

But despite getting back into ring, the 29-year-old is adamant his fighting days are over.

“They’re gone now,” he added.

“It’s nice going to a show knowing nobody’s trying to hit you.

“I’m enjoying the shows and the training.”