Local duo reach ABA Junior finals

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TWO local boxers are through to the National ABA Junior finals later this month.

Chatteris Boxing Club’s Jordan Gill pulled off a sensational win against hot favourite Alfie Price while March’s Charlie Stevens received a bye after his opponent failed to make the weight at Sunday’s semi-finals in London.

But there was a controversial defeat for March’s other hope Danny Hedges.

Gill (pictured right) was up against a very tough opponent in West Ham’s Price who had won 47 of his previous 51 bouts.

The first round was a cagey affair but in the second round Jordan caught the southpaw, Price, with one good body shot and two right hands and at this point was ahead.

In the final round Price came forward onto Gill’s spectacular combinations and switch hitting. Gill landed plenty of clean shots and was awarded the bout on a majority decision.

The 16-year-old Gill said: “All the preparations and hard work paid off as we got the tactics spot on. He was a very tough opponent and I have got my eyes on the title now.”

His father Paul, the club coach commented: “Going into this fight we felt that Jordan had a 50-50 chance but now he has proved just how outstanding he is. Jordan has trained extremely hard, showing excellent dedication not only training in Chatteris but has spent time with the world class trainer Dominic Ingle in Sheffield, who has been a great support, helping Jordan with his technique and diet.

“This is a well deserved win.”

Chatteris club’s match maker, Matty Payne, was the last Chatteris boxer to make it to the National ABA finals when he lost in 1962.

Gill will fight Jake Slater from Sunderland in the final.

Stevens will be up against Ibrahim Shah from the Bolton Gloves Club.

March coach Bernie Wing was just amazed when the referee stopped Hedges’ bout in the first round.

Hedges was given two standing counts of eight in the opening round and the referee stopped the fight.

Wing said: “There was no power in the punches and the lad was not hurt in any way. It was an awful decision and Danny was devastated.

“He was up against a good opponent but he was just not given a chance. I am all in favour of stopping a fight if someone is getting hurt but this was just not the case. Even the other lad said it was a bit premature.”

Chatteris Boxing Club have a boxing night on May 28 and tickets are still available from Matty on 01354 693630.

Chatteris BC would welcome any youngsters aged 8 and over to keep fit or box. Opening times, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5-7pm and Saturday 8.30-10am. Contact Paul Gill on 01354 695211 for any further details.