Bring 'em on! Frankham ready for national final
By ADAM LAZZARI ELI FRANKHAM said he is ready for anyone after demolishing Welsh champion Sandro Ford 13-0 to book a place in next week s national CYP finals. The Wisbech boxer takes Donard McNally, from Clonard, Ireland, on Thursday. They will fight fo
By ADAM LAZZARI
ELI FRANKHAM said he is ready for anyone after demolishing Welsh champion Sandro Ford 13-0 to book a place in next week's national CYP finals.
The Wisbech boxer takes Donard McNally, from Clonard, Ireland, on Thursday.
They will fight for the B under-91kg title at The Troxy, Docklands, London.
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Ford went into Sunday's semi-final, at Haslemere, Surrey with a fight record of eight wins from eight, with six of his fights being stopped.
But Frankham picked him apart with a classy display.
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He said: "He was bigger and more muscular than me and he tired to bully me.
"From the first bell he wanted to trade blows. I had to work hard and use my brain to keep him away from me and pick him off.
"I've been doing a lot of work on my fitness and that really helped.
"I'm sure my opponent in the final will be a decent fighter - they all are at this stage, but the way I feel at the moment I'm ready for anyone."
Frankham, 17, from Walpole St Andrew, runs four miles every morning and spends at least an hour and a half in the for five or six days a week.
He said: "I'm also doing sprint tests. It's a lot of hard work, but it has to be done."
Frankham's Wisbech coach Buddy Lee said: "Eli's got a brilliant boxing brain. He's at the stage now where he can adjust his style to fight any opponent.
"Eli's not small but he fought a real bruiser in his semi-final and he knew exactly what he had to do.