Jasper has a shot at national final

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Jasper Boydell will face last year’s runner-up in the semi-final of the Junior ABAE Championship semi-final in Portsmouth this weekend.

The Sudbury star beat Ryan Gumbley of Bideford in Devon at Chelsmford in the quarter-finals of the national competition on Saturday to set up a bout with Portsmouth home boxer Sid Williams of Moneyfields ABC.

The judges awarded 15-year-old Boydell a 5-0 unanimous decision after a strong display in the under-52kg class 4 (born 1997) bout.

In the Eastern Counties versus Western Counties contest, Eastern champion Boydell made a quick start, landing combinations before Gumbley could get his shots off.

The Suffolk boxer found a nice rhythm and made southpaw Gumbley’s attacks fall short and countered him with some strong straight rights and right uppercuts.

In the second round, Boydell upped the pace and took it to Gumbley, bloodying his nose and outworking him in every department.

In the third round, Gumbley showed how strong he was and why he was Western Counties champion and took the fight to Boydell, but he boxed and moved and stayed away from Gumbley, hitting back with a long straight left before being awarded the bout 5-0.

On Sunday, Sudbury’s Jack Burgess and Connor Blezard were in action in March, Cambridgeshire against opponents from the Raleigh Club in Essex.

Burgess (40kg 14 years) lost a close, but fair, decision to Billy Belfield, being unable to get to grips with the movement of Belfield and to find the target enough.

Blezard (69kg 16 years) took on Joe O’Brian Connor and boxed smartly to build up a nice lead in the first round, landing some straight jabs and solid combinations.

This continued into the second round and Blezard was in a good lead going into the last. But O’Brian just had too much strength and fitness in the last round and dragged Blezard out of his controlled boxing and into a fight to turn it around and take a very close, but deserved, points win.

n Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club host their season finale open show on Saturday, June 1, at Sudbury Sports Centre on Tudor Road, with doors opening at 6.30pm and boxing getting under way at 7pm.