Charlie is British champion

PUBLISHED: 17:14 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 02 June 2010

BOXER Charlie Stevens has become a British schoolboy champion. The March ABC puncher won the final of the 40kg Class One category of the ABA Three Nations Schoolboy Boxing Tournament between England, Scotland and Wales in Sheffield at the weekend. The 12

BOXER Charlie Stevens has become a British schoolboy champion.

The March ABC puncher won the final of the 40kg Class One category of the ABA Three Nations Schoolboy Boxing Tournament between England, Scotland and Wales in Sheffield at the weekend.

The 12-year-old from Upwell recorded a resounding 19-4 points' victory over fellow countryman Jack Woods.

Stevens beat the Wednesbury ABC fighter in the Royal Navy Golden Gloves Final last month.

And, again, the result never looked in doubt, with Stevens forcing his opponent into a standing eight-count in the second round.

Stevens secured his place in the final by beating the Welsh champion Joshua Bather 10-6.

Coach Bernie Wing said: "Charlie had far too much for Woods and it was an easy win. If the fight had gone on much longer he would have knocked him out.

"Boxers like Charlie are easy to coach because he is so keen and eager to learn and he's a good listener.

"In the Golden Gloves final Charlie went at 100 miles per hour, but I was pleased to see that he boxed properly this time and picked his shots. It was great to watch."

Chatteris ABC's Jordan Gill reached the final of the 52kg Class Two division.

The 13-year-old started with a phenomenal first-round stoppage win over Scottish champion Rob McLarion.

He brought the best out of England captain Michael Joynson in the final, losing 14-8.

Seven points were added to Joynson's score after Gill was punished for using his shoulder and continuing after the referee asked him to stop.

Joynson had beaten Gill in last month's Golden Gloves final and had a 100 per cent record.

Coach Paul Gill said: "This was a much closer fight and it could have gone either way.

"Jordan boxed well on the back foot this time and landed some beautiful shots.

"He was 4-2 up after the first round but the referee thought Jordan had used his shoulder.

"Even Joynson's corner admitted that they didn't hear the referee ask Jordan to stop, so he's very unlucky as those seven points proved the difference.


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