Duo make progress to secure semi-final spot

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LOCAL boxers Jordan Gill and Charlie Stevens are through to the semi-finals of the Junior Amateur Boxing Association Championships after wins in Camberley on Saturday.

Chatteris Boxing Club’s Jordan Gill outpointed Repton’s Kwake Sarpon, who had won 18 of his 20 fights, by 38-28 points in what his father and coach Paul described as a very tough fight.

March boxer Charlie Stevens

March boxer Charlie Stevens

Gill, in the under 60kilo class, was not at his best in the first round and trailed by 7-4 but good use of his jab gave him a 16-15 advantage at the end of the second round.

He increased that to 26-21 in the third round in what was a real tussle and ran out a comfortable winner by 38-28 at the end of the fourth round.

Paul Gill revealed: “Jordan was a bit under the weather before the bout with his back. He boxed very well in the second round and it was comfortable by the end.

“But I did feel he was short of stamina and perhaps needs to get some running in and build that up.”

Gill will be in action in the semi-finals at Hazlemere on Sunday against Western Counties champion Tyler Davies, who is a bit of a knockout specialist, but if Jordan can get through this bout he will make it to his seventh National final since the age of 11.

Upwell 16-year-old Stevens, a former member of March ABC, who joined West Ham Boys last winter, is looking to retain his ABA title and had a 16-12 win against Kane Ball from Rumbles ABC in another tough bout.

Under 63 kilo fighter, Stevens, was very composed in the first round and content to track his experienced opponent but still carded a 4-3 advantage. He was much the better fighter in the next round to lead 12-9 and remained ahead in the third round for his points win.

His father Mark commented: “He was up against a very good opponent who was taller and had a longer reach. It was not the prettiest of bouts but Charlie got through and that is the main thing.”

Stevens will come up against Jack Bennet of Bristol in the semis and he has already had a comfortable win against him last year.