Coach hails young fighters after impressive displays

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Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club head coach Neil Anderson spoke of his pride after his two fighters got down to the last four of the three-day Monkstown Box Cup in Dublin.

Jack Wiffen gave his all in the final before having to settle for a silver medal after the judges awarded his opponent the victory, while Jake Sumner reached the semi-finals before bowing out.

“I was so proud of both lads who represented the club so well in such a high standard of competition,” said Anderson. “Neither were fazed by the situation and did so well in our first ever international competition.”

With more than 400 boxers from 11 countries involved, many having won national titles, the competition was stiff.

Wiffen, 13, took part in his age group’s under-39kg category, while 17-year-old Sumner competed in the under-69kg section.

Both boxers drew opponents from Ireland in the quarter-finals and performed solidly to progress to Saturday’s semi-finals.

Wiffen went on to defeat Joseph Burke from Northern Ireland, with a unanimous points victory to progress to Sunday’s final, where he met Ted Jackson, from Hull, this year’s English Schools runner-up to David Tierney, who Wiffen had lost to in the National Southern Area semi-final.

Wiffen put in his best performance of the weekend, but the judges awarded Jackson the decision,

“His composure against a very good opponent was outstanding,” added Anderson

In the last bout of the day in ring one, Sumner had his work cut out against England boxer Ben Rees, of Birtly, Newcastle.

At the final bell, Sumner had given his all, but it was not quite enough as Rees won by a unanimous points decision.

“He never looked out of place competing against the best in the country and, following an injury prone season, it was a good end for him,” said Anderson.