Young and old Ingle boxers are tops

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The message put across by the Ingle stable over the weekend was, as you would expect, quite blatant.

It read: the new guard is just as talented as the previous and the old guard still have plenty left to give.

Atif Shafiq, aged 20, and Junior Witter, 40, both recorded early wins at Leeds Town Hall.

Lightweight Shafiq, from Broome, knows he is young enough to be Witter’s son and says that is the sort of relationship that they enjoy.

He said: “It really is a bit like father and son because he will put his arm around me and give me and other young lads advice.

“He is a former WBC champion and is super fit and strong so you listen. We have a great crop at the gym.

“I can hear Kell Brook shouting instructions ringside and Barry (Kid Galahad) is there too. Junior’s a good mentor for us all.”

Shafiq moved onto 12 straight wins as a professional with a second round defeat of Dougie Curran from Newcastle.

The punch that did the damage had come a round previous with Shafiq cutting Curran above the eye. A doctor’s inspection in the second deemed it to be too bad to continue.

Had the punch been a result of a headclash then the bout would have been deemed a technical draw.

The effective TKO victory does look impressive on paper against Curran who is much better than his record suggests.

And Shafiq, who only scored his 11th win a week ago, says people should take note of his wins given that he has not been 100% over the last two outings.

“I need a bit of time off now because both my hands are injured,” he admitted.

“I’ve been beating good kids while I’ve been injured and at short-notice too. How many prospects up and down the country do that?

“The shot I hit him with did hurt my right hand. If my left had been working I could have followed up with that but I couldn’t.

“Dougie has a win against Andy Townend who recently became Central Area champion so it looks good for me. He also boxed for England as an amateur so is a good fighter.

“Last week I wasn’t myself. I know what I did wrong and I rectified it. It was better from me.

“It’s another boost up the rankings for me and I’ll be after some silverware come September. Down the line I think I’m a super-featherweight and that’s where I will make my mark.”

Welterweight Witter stopped Lithuanian Arvydas Trizno in the fourth round.

Witter had put Trizno down a round earlier with a harsh sounding body shot. He did not let him off the hook a round later to force the stoppage.

Shafiq is backing him to at least regain the British title. He added: “Junior still has plenty left. He can definitely still be a force at domestic level at the very least.”

Sheffield heavyweight Carl ‘The Fridge’ Baker retired three rounds into his contest with former world title challenger Eddie Chambers on the same bill.

Baker threw the greater volume early on but the more mobile and experienced American Chambers was beginning to get on top before Baker was wisely withdrawn by his corner.

Anwar Alfadli, also of Sheffield, was blasted out in two rounds by the impressive looking debutant Yusuf Safa.

Ingle-handled British champion Bob Ajisafe beat Leon Senior in the main event. He will go on to defend his light-heavyweight crown in September against Geordie Travis Dickinson who won an epic with Matty Clarkson of Preston.

Barnsley’s Jamie Zaszlos was beaten on points in Newcastle by debutant Tom Whitfield.