Champion Charlie toasts title triumph

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CHARLIE STEVENS became the first March boxer for over 50 years to win a Junior ABA title in Rochester on Saturday.

But there was no joy for Chatteris Boxing Club’s Jordan Gill who was a gallant 9-5 loser to Jake Slater from Sunderland.

The 15-year-old Stevens scored a 19-14 victory over Ibrahim Shah of Bolton Gloves to more than make up for last year’s disappointment when he had to withdraw from the Schoolboys ABA final due to illness.

It was a real battle between Stevens and Shah from the start as they traded punches but in the first two rounds it was Stevens who landed the better punches to establish a lead.

The Bolton boxer then put in a big effort in the third and final round as the punches flowed yet again. But Stevens did land two very good punches which scored with the judges and they were probably just enough to make sure he held on and took the title.

March coach Bernie Wing said: “It was a very good performance from Charlie and he really deserved to take the title although I did score it a lot closer.

“The Bolton lad was a very good fighter and pushed Charlie all the way and our lad showed great determination.”

Stevens has now been selected to represent Essex in Norway this weekend and has also earned a place in the England team for the Four Nations Competition.

The March club last tasted success in the final in 1956-57 when Brian Howlett and Malcolm Fisher both won titles.

Gill, who won the CYP title last December, was perhaps was not at his best when he lost out to Sunderland’s Slater.

Gill had the edge in the first round and was perhaps a little unfortunate to hold only a 1-0 lead going in to the second round. But then the Sunderland lad came out on top in the second to lead 5-1.

Gill came back strongly in the third and final round but it all came too late.

A disappointed Jordan, who is currently sitting his A level exams at Cromwell Community College, stated: “I am frustrated with my performance. Looking back I should have used different tactics, but it doesn’t effect my long term prospects. I can’t wait to put in a good performance for the Chatteris show this weekend.”

Gill’s father Paul commented: “Jordan did not box as well as he can and when the other lad got his head in front he used the right tactics in round three and just kept running. I thought the fight was a lot closer than the judges scored but that’s just one of those things.

“It is still a good achievement to get through to the final.”

Tickets are still available for the Chatteris Show on Saturday, May 28 at the Cromwell Community College, telephone Matty on 693630 for more details.

March boxer Purce Baxter made it three wins in a row when taking the decision against Taylor Dean of Attleborough ABC at the Bury St. Edmunds Show at the weekend.

Purce kept a good pace throughout the bout and put up a good solid performance with his southpaw style.

Wing said: “There is more to come from this lad.”