Stevens sets sights on Olympics

Charlie Stevens boxer
Charlie Stevens boxer

CHARLIE Stevens made it three ABA titles as he retained the Junior championship in Batley on Saturday and now has an Olympics dream.

The 17-year-old from Upwell defeated Kettering boxer Charlie Lee in the under 63kilo final by 16-9 in the three-round contest.

There was a real edge to the bout as Lee had defeated Jordan Gill earlier this year and was now looking to topple another Fenland champion.

Stevens said: “He was stirring it up but I just concentrated on what I had to do. He kept coming forward at me but I was picking him off with rights and lefts.

“I think it was a lot more comfortable than the 16-9 score. He never really hit me in the bout. It was a much easier win than last year. I was a lot more relaxed this time.”

Stevens won the first round 4-1 and took the second round also to lead 9-3. He increased the advantage to 16-9 in the final round.

Stevens’ father Mark also felt it was easier than the points suggested: “I thought Charlie boxed really well, perhaps even better than before. He kept moving well and getting his punches in and gave the lad a lesson in boxing.”

As well as winning a Junior ABA title last year, Stevens was also ABA schoolboy champion in 2008 and has reached five ABA finals in all.

Stevens will represent England next month in the Tri-Nations competition and is hoping to make the European championship later in the year too.

There are no plans for Stevens to turn professional at the moment and he said: “I have always wanted to fight at the Olympics and the real dream is to represent Great Britain in Brazil in 2016 and then think about turning professional.”

Stevens has done most of his boxing from the March Boxing Club but switched to West Ham Boys in the last year.