THE NABGC Championship Class C and D finals were held at
the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham on Sunday (December 1) and the majority of
the crowd came to see the welterweight clash between Hassan Azim and Jimmy Sains.Azim (Pinewood Starr) won a desperately tight 3-2 split
decision that divided opinion among ringsiders. So close was the bout, every
round could have gone either way.

Sains
(Repton) gave the impression he finished the bout in control, boxing the final
90 seconds or so with his hands dangling by his sides. He did pick off Azim
with some clean punches in that spell, but then Azim had started the round
better. That’s how close this bout was.

The Londoner, an
impressive stoppage winner in the semi-finals, was the quicker to settle. He
landed jabs down and up and until the final minute or so of the opening round,
Azim loaded up and mostly missed. Azim started to find his range in the last
minute, but as was the case in every round, it was difficult to decide who
landed more punches.

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