Boydell takes Junior ABAE bronze after semi-final loss

ON TARGET: Sudbury's Leon Thomas (blue) lands a blow on his opponent's chin during Saturday's show in Bury St Edmunds
ON TARGET: Sudbury's Leon Thomas (blue) lands a blow on his opponent's chin during Saturday's show in Bury St Edmunds
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Sudbury coach Neil Anderson believes Jasper Boydell will benefit hugely from his run to the verge of the Junior ABAE Championship final.

The 15-year-old claimed bronze after losing out on a points verdict to reigning champion Sid Williams of home club Moneyfields in Portsmouth on Saturday in the southern semi-final class 4 under-52kg born 1997 category.

But Anderson, who travelled south to Hampshire with a group of 19 others from Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club, left proud of the way his youngster grew into a tough bout.

“Their kid was something else — he has fought 35 and won 25 and Jasper only has won 10,” he said. “The other lad won the battle of the minds at the start and once Jasper got over that he started to face his shots.

“He did not look out of place, he only lost 8-3.”

Williams, roared on by a home crowd, flew out of the traps at the first bell and took the fight to Boydell, but kept missing, with his Suffolk opponent unable to land his counters.

Williams was just ahead after the first and in the second round upped his work-rate and showed what a classy operator he was, despite still struggling to land cleanly with any frequency.

Towards the end of the second, Boydell — nicknamed Jazzy — started to get inside Williams’ defences and find the target.

Williams was still ahead, but in the third Boydell was slipping inside Williams’ long fast lead hand and was closing the gap, but it was just a bit late as Williams took a points verdict.

Speaking about Boydell, Anderson added: “He boxed well in the third round and really found himself and the boy had no answer to him.

“If he had done that for all three rounds he would have been in with a shout — it was a really good experience for him though and he got his bronze medal.”

Ahead of the Eastern Counties Junior Novice finals in Harlow on Sunday, Leon Thomas lost on a unanimous points decision to the more experienced and heavier Isaac White of March at Eastgate Amateur Boxing Club’s Bury Town FC show on Friday.

In the same show, Jack Burgess narrowly lost after three action-packed rounds that had the large crowd on their feet against Regan Waller of Fivestar.

At Trumpington, near Cambridge, on Saturday, Zak Lawson took on Brad Whale of the home club.

Sudbury’s Lawson took the centre and boxed very neatly against southpaw Whale.

He was beating Whale to the punch, controlled the bout throughout and took a deserved unanimous victory.

n Three Sudbury boxers are in action on Sunday in the Eastern Counties Novice finals in Harlow, ahead of the Suffolk club hosting their last show of the season on June 1 at Sudbury Sports Centre (7pm).