Wigton ABC’s Dale Blaylock overcame a 12 kilogram weight difference to get the better of Joe Labelle.

Competing on the top of the bill, Blaylock faced a long wait after he arrived at the Wilmslow Leisure Centre.

Labelle came out strongly in the first round, but the Wigton man adapted well to take the opening round. Local favourite Labelle then came out strongly to take the second round.

That left the bout on March 15 to be decided on the final round. Despite the crowd chanting Labelle’s name loudly, Blaylock worked hard to land some clean shots to silence them as Blaylock took a split-decision victory to humbling applause from Labelle.

“Dale was on last. We didn’t get out of there until about midnight, he started boxing at about 11.30pm, I think,” said Wigton ABC founder Andi Crossman.

“Senior bouts are always lively bouts. But Dale outboxed him in the first round. 

“In the second round, it was close but, then, both boxers were tiring in the third round and it became a case of who wanted it more, and Dale won the third round.”

Crossman, meanwhile, confirmed Jayden Edgar will have his first competitive bout at the club’s home show at the Greenhill Hotel on May 18.

Last Thursday, Wigton also showed their support for World Down Syndrome Day by wearing odd socks to training.