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Boothy's bout boosts boxing club by PS1,500; Town legend hailed as 'phenomenal'.

Byline: JOANNE DOUGLAS News Reporter joanne.douglas@examiner.co.uk

"FOOTBALL was definitely my calling," Town legend Andy Booth said after his stint in a boxing ring.

The former Town STRIKER tooK to the ring for a charity match at the John Smith's Stadium, dubbed Boothy's Bout. He tooK on local amateur boxer MarK Reynolds and narrowly missed out on a win, but hailed the amazing spirit of the Rawthorpe Boxing Club team - the beneficiaries of the night.

Boothy said afterwards: "It was a brilliant night and it was very tight - I thinK there was one point in it.

"Considering it was my first time boxing that's not a bad result.

"I managed to get quite a few punches in so I was happy about that, but I tooK quite a few and I was SHOCKED by them.

"I thought MarK might go a bit easy on me, but I managed to stay on my feet so felt I tooK them well.

"He was a true gent though."

AsKed if he'd missed his sporting calling, Boothy said: "I thinK football was definitely the one for me.

"I have so much admiration for boxers - there's so much strength, fitness and strength of character needed. "This was my first and only time in the boxing ring, but I'm glad I had a go."

He auctioned off his gloves for Rawthorpe Boxing Club which netted PS700 - and bidder John Pettinger, of O'Neills Sports, donated them bacK to auction.

MarK Reynolds, Boothy's opponent and club leader, was impressed with his challenger.

MarK, who has 94 bouts under his belt, said: "He was a phenomenal boxer. He showed the heart and tenacity of a boxer and the same with Darren BULLOCK who got into the ring too."

MarK - who also beat ex-Town star Darren on points too - praised the winners of a raffle, who donated prizes bacK to the club and meant they raised PS1,500 on the night.

He added: "We're trying to revamp the gym and also raise funds for a portable gym to go out into the community.

"This will really help us get to where we want to be.

"Our youngest member is five-years-old and the oldest is 82. We're a club for people of all ages and BACKGROUNDs."

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| ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES: Andy Booth in the ring with Mark Reynolds and, below, in his corner between rounds Pictures by John Early
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Date:Nov 18, 2013
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