Eastern counties champion Jake Sumner was beaten in the semi-finals of the England Boxing Youth Championships at Rotherham.
Sudbury ABC boxer Sumner, 69kg, the only Eastern Counties representative to make the last four, was stopped in the first round by the vastly more experienced Mo Harris Akbar from Bradford.
Harris, a Youth Commonwealth Games champion and last year’s England youth champion, who has represented England on numerous occasions, came in with a record of 69 wins from 77 bouts.
Sumner, relishing the challenge, started well, but was caught by a solid right and forced to take a standing count.
Sumner tried to fight back, a testament to his fitness and hard work, but Harris continued to dominate and the fight was stopped. Harris went on to win the title.
In his quarter-final bout Sumner took on Western Counties champion Charlie Rickets of Downend Police.
Sumner found his range right from the off against slick southpaw Rickets, and dominated all three rounds, picking up a unanimous verdict from the judges.
Sudbury’s James Tidey, 18, 91kg, was in action on Saturday night in Stanford-le-Hope against Henry Martin of Mayland Boxing Club, Essex, losing to a split deceision.
Southpaw Tidey put in a lovely counter-punching display, hardly taking any punches in return through good defensive work, but his back foot counter-punching style didn’t convince the judges.
n The club is running an open show on Saturday, April 9 at Sudbury Rugby Club (doors open at 4.30pm), and a dinner show on Friday, May 6.