Wake shows great improvement

PUBLISHED: 08:57 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:27 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH Amateur Boxing Club s Sunny Wake was in action last Saturday night at Penstowe Manor near Bude, writes Phil Crook.

EXMOUTH Amateur Boxing Club's Sunny Wake was in action last Saturday night at Penstowe Manor near Bude, writes Phil Crook.

It was a return bout against Michelle McKinnell (Launceston) and a vast improvement was needed after Wake lost on points by a large margin when the pair clashed at the Pavilion in November.

A lot of hard work had taken place in the gym to tighten Wake's guard and to make her a lot more elusive.

The first round was an even affair, with Mckinnell clearly waiting for Wake to attack before firing off her accurate jabs as counter punches.

Wake stuck to the plan, though, and her improved defence saw her trail by just two punches as the bell sounded.

The second round was following a similar pattern until, with just 30 seconds of the round remaining, Mckinnell caught the Exmouth boxer with four scoring shots to take command of the bout.

Wake still had plenty in the tank, though, and an all out assault took place in the final round as she tried to wrench the advantage back from her taller opponent.

A tremendous left hook to the body saw the Cornish woman visibly wilt, but she managed to survive the attack and she was able to keep moving herself away from trouble and make the final bell.

Although Mckinnell again won a unanimous decision, the margin had been reduced to just five points.

The huge improvement from Wake will give her renewed confidence when she boxes again in the New Year.

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