McKay now ranked 10th in country.
Warrington amateur boxer, Mike McKay (14-11), has received a top ten ranking in the Heavyweight division of the sport, after reaching the Quarter Finals of the England Boxing Elite Championships.
McKay, of Warrington’s Hook and Jab Amateur Boxing Club, lost a closely contested quarter final bout against Manx Boxer, Krystian Borucki (149-108), on a split decision. McKay made a tentative start in first round, but began to gain confidence from the second round onwards. In the third and final round, McKay began to assert his strength over his opponent and came close to stealing victory.
There was no shame in defeat for McKay, who was making only his 14th appearance in a ring and facing an incredibly experienced opponent. Borucki has fought almost 150 contests, represented the Isle of Mann at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and will be fighting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The England Boxing Elite Championships took place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, on the weekend of 25th April. The tournament is the nation’s most prestigious amateur boxing competition and has been a springboard for success for some of Britain’s most famous boxing stars, such as Ricky Hatton, Carl Froch and John Conteh.
After hitting the heights of the quarter finals, McKay, who is also the current Merseyside and Cheshire Heavyweight Champion, was ranked by Boxing News Magazine as the 10th best amateur heavyweight boxer in the country.
McKay’s Coach, Derek Groarke of Hook and Jab, says: “Mike is a talented prospect and showed this when he took on a world class opponent in only his fourteenth fight. Fighting in a big arena, at a famous tournament, was a big occasion for Mike, so it took him some time to settle into the fight. However, he soon found his rhythm and in the final rounds proved his boxing skills and strength.”
He continues, “Everyone at Hook and Jab ABC is rightly proud of Mike, for his success and brave effort against such an experienced opponent. We are sure that he’ll continue to enjoy bigger and better things in the ring, as he progresses in our sport.”