THREE local boxers are chasing places in the prestigious ABA Junior Championships finals in London this Sunday.
March Boxing Club’s Danny Hedges and Charlie Stevens and Jordan Gill, from the Chatteris Boxing Club, not surprisingly in the semi-final stages of the competition, face tough bouts, but all three go there in very good form.
The 16-year-old Gill faces a real top opponent in Alfie Price from West Ham, who has had 52 bouts and won 47 of them and has already notched up five national titles.
But Gill has quality too and won the CYP title last year and is also an England international.
Gill spent a week recently at the Dominic Ingle gym in Sheffield to prime up for the contest and his father Paul, a coach at the Chatteris club, said: “Jordan’s in very good form but is up against a very tough opponent.
“He had been working on his tactics in Sheffield and I think he has a 50-50 chance in what should be a terrific fight.
“We are priming Jordan for the professional game and he will be up against a quick points scorer so that is why we have been working on the tactics and hopefully we will get them right.”
Stevens takes on Shane McDonogh for London’s Stowe club and the two fighters met in January with the March lad getting a narrow verdict.
March’s coach Dave Cole said: “I think it will be close again but Charlie is going there in top form and must have a good chance of reaching the finals.”
Hedges is also up against a London boxer in Harvey Horne from the Gator club.
Hedges lacks the consistency but boxed very well to win his quarter-final and in the same sort of mood must go close to winning.
Cole commented: “If the right Danny Hedges turns up then he will a have good chance of going through too.”