McAleese’s fighters on the up after sell-out night

HANDS UP: Action from Jay Howell's (left) comeback bout with Billy Rudd
HANDS UP: Action from Jay Howell's (left) comeback bout with Billy Rudd

Pat McAleese is confident that there is a bright future ahead for his Perfect U boxing club after their latest White Collar show at Newmarket Leisure Centre.

A sell-out crowd of 400 packed it out to witness eight of McAleese’s fighters storm to victory on Saturday evening.

The card included a number of debutants, many of whom have helped to convince the former professional that the club is moving in the right direction.

“It was a brilliant night in front of a fantastic crowd. I could not have asked for more,” said McAleese.

“We had already sold most of the tickets and the rest of them went on the door.

“To be fair to our fighters, they put on a fantastic show. It makes the hard work worthwhile.

“We have made some training improvements and it is good to see that paying off.

“We had some people making their debuts, but it did not look that way.

“This little formula we have struck upon is working and hopefully it will continue.”

McAleese reserved special praise for Jay Howell, who made his comeback to the ring following a self-imposed absence. The 27-year-old proved too good for Billy Rudd, winning through on points.

“Jay is a class act and he showed that against a well matched opponent,” added the trainer.

“It was like he had never been away from the ring.”