‘MORE of a wrestling match than a boxing contest.’
That was the blunt opinion of disgruntled Cardigan ABC head coach Guy Croft after making the long trip to Lancashire on Saturday night for what he had hoped would be a useful tune-up ahead of the forthcoming British Championships in which his twin sons Ioan and Garan again have high hopes.
Garan Croft was due to box Joe Crawford (Sandygate ABC) on Clayton ABC’s show at Rosegrove Workingmen’s Club but after weighing in slightly heavy, Ioan took the bout instead.
“It was a very disappointing bout,” said Croft senior. “The boy just lunged at Ioan and held on. Ioan was catching him with a couple of shots on the way in before being tied up.
“Joe was on the floor five times but Ioan reckoned he only knocked him down the once.
“This boy had had 20 bouts and won 15, but just wasn’t in the same league.
“To be honest, I’d rather Ioan lost to a good boxer than win like that.”
The Croft twins face sterner tests at Cwmbach, Aberdare, this Friday when Ioan has a rematch with Thomas Griffiths (ANA) who he beat recently in the Welsh 46kg final and Garan meets the highly-rated Raymond Jones, of Cirencester.