Sudbury boxer Ryan Sumner overcame his toughest test yet to progress to the national quarter-finals of the Junior ABAs on Sunday.
Three Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club fighters competed in the Junior ABA Eastern Counties finals at the weekend, with head coach Neil Anderson saying he could not have been more proud of his boys.
Sumner, in the born 1999 under-54kg category, won a split decision against the vastly more experienced Alfie Lucas of Essex University, who had won his last eight bouts.
The young fighter, who is no relation to Jake Sumner at the club, will now face Ryan Cogan from Hornchurch Elm Park in the national quarter-finals on Sunday.
Sudbury’s Jack Burgess was going well until having to retire with illness, while Jake Sumner admitted nerves got the better of him against a very good fighter, as he was unable to repeat last year’s his march to the national quarter-finals.
Anderson, who has had to cancel Friday’s scheduled home show after the appointed referee had to pull out with illness, said: “It was an excellent showing from all three lads, they all represented the club so well and I am proud of them all. I can’t remember when we had three Eastern Counties finalists.
“They all showed tremendous skills and fitness and that is testament to all the hard work they have put in for these championships with early-morning runs followed by evening training while still doing exams.
“And Jack Burgess still didn’t want to retire even though he was unwell which just show his commitment.”
Against Lucas, Ryan Sumner got on the front foot with strong combinations to be the clear winner of round one.
In the second, he allowed Lucas to use his strength of coming forward to take the round.
But Ryan Sumner took control again in the third, showing tremendous fitness and determination, to be awarded the split decision.
Burgess, in the born 1998 under-50kg category, was in control against his opponent Oliver Hood of Billericay before having to retire with illness.
Jake Sumner, in the born 1998 under-60kg category, came up against the very talented Joe Lee from Trumpington, Cambridge.
The England trialist proved just a bit too strong and clever for Jake, just getting the better of the exchanges.
But Jake showed again he can mix with the best boys in the country and admitted he just did not perform on the day.