Yorkshire Boxing Title – Denaby Boy’s Success

February 1957

South Yorkshire Times, February 16, 1957

Yorkshire Boxing Title
Denaby boy’s success

In the Yorkshire schoolboy boxing Championships, at Driffield on Saturday, the two Denaby boys, Steve Joyce and Pat O’Rorke, both put up brilliant performances worthy of championship class.

But only Joyce was successful in bringing a Yorkshire title to Denaby. He beat E. Eyre, of Middlesbrough, on points in the final of the 9st 3lb class.

Considering that he started boxing only in June, 1956 and had had, prior to these championships, only two club contests, this feat must be acknowledged as a tribute to the keenness of the lad himself and to his devotion to full-time training supervised by Martin Higgins

He goes to Liverpool in February 16th to represent Yorkshire against Liverpool to decide who shall go forward to the national quarter-finals.

Pat O’Rorke’s fight against C. Harding. Of Middlesbrough must go into the records as one of the finest contests seen in junior amateur boxing. This bout, between two evently.-matched lads, brought the crowd to their feet and the ovation was still in progress when the next contest was announced.

The boys gave everything they had and although the verdict went to Harding, it must have been a very close decision referees and judges were the first to congratulate both boys in what was undoubtedly the best contest of the series

St. Albans School and Denaby and Cadeby Colleries A.B.C. can justly be proud of their two lads, who In their first season of amateur boxing, definitely left a lasting impression on all who have seen them, and there are great hopes for success in future events as the club has a strong representation in the junior classes.