WALCOT ABC fighter Johnny Delaney made his ring baptism a successful one with victory in Trowbridge late last month, writes DAVE VEYSEY.

The 12-year-old encountered James Barnyard from the City of Gloucester ABC over three one-and-a-half-minute rounds.

From the opening bell, Royal Wotton Bassett Academy pupil Delaney threw fast left jabs and straight rights to keep his opponent on the back foot.

He kept up the good work throughout the second session to build a substantial points advantage.

However, the final one and a half minutes saw the Walcot boxer begin to tire and Barnyard enjoyed more success.

Overall, Delaney had landed the more telling blows over the duration of the contest and the ringside judges awarded him a majority points decision.

Walcot chief coach Harry Scott was delighted with Delaney’s win and said: “For a young lad entering the boxing ring for the first time, Johnny did very well.

“He has been training hard in the gym and he deserved his victory. We are looking to what the future holds, he looks to be a real talent.”