LOCAL boxers Jordan Gill and Charlie Stevens will be boxing in the Junior ABA Championships finals this weekend in Batley.
The two lads’ reputations seem to be growing all the time because their opponents in last weekend’s semis both pulled out leaving them with byes to the final.
The Chatteris club’s Gill is now looking to improve on his runner-up spot last year.
He was due to fight Tyler Davies, the Western Counties champion, last Sunday, but Davies pulled out of the bout on Friday to give Gill a bye.
The 17-year-old Gill said: “I would sooner have had a fight than receive a bye but I have trained hard all week building up my fitness so perhaps it was not a bad thing. At least we did not have to travel.”
In the under 60kg final, Gill had been expecting to come up against Jake Slater from Sunderland who defeated the Cromwell College student in a very closely contested final last year, but the champion lost out to Sheffield boxer Razag Majib at the weekend.
Gill, who is keen to finish his amateur career with an ABA title before turns professional and is fighting in a seventh national final, said: “I wanted revenge against Slater and am surprised he lost so the Sheffield lad must be good. I will doing my best to avenge last year’s defeat.”
Stevens had been due to fight Jack Bennet in the semis, but the Bristol fighter who suffered an easy defeat last year against the Upwell lad, withdrew on Sunday.
The 16-year-old who won the ABA title last year, while boxing from March ABC but has since switched to West Ham, will meet Kettering boxer Charlie Lee in the under 63kilo final.
The two lads have never met before but Stevens’ father Mark said: “They are two very good fighters and I am expecting fireworks in the final. Lee has only only lost twice in 20 bouts so he will be a very tough opponent.
“Charlie would have preferred a bout and not to have travelled down on Sunday but we will go back to the West Ham gym this week to prepare.”