After winning through to the Junior ABA semi-finals, Sudbury’s Ryan Sumner is hoping to follow in the path of Carl Froch and Ricky Hatton.
The 15-year-old only joined Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club less than a year ago, but is already proving to be their brightest star.
And head coach Neil Anderson believes there is no reason why he cannot go all the way to the national finals, and possibly beyond, after booking his place in the penultimate round.
After defeating London champion Ryan Cogan of Hornchuch Elm Park, in Earlsfield, it meant Sudbury had a semi-finalist for the second consecutive year in the esteemed competition, with winners including Froch, Hatton and Amir Khan,
“I am really chuffed,” said Anderson. “To have two semi-finalists on the bounce is a massive achievement for us, as we have not exactly got a catchment area like West Ham.”
The last semi-finalist was Jasper Boydell, with Anderson hoping Sumner, who only joined them in July, can make history by going one further.
“I think we have got a hell of a chance,” he said. “He has now had six bouts and won six and was against a boy on Sunday who had 245 and won 14.
“He just works so hard in the gym and does what we say and he has definitely got a bit of potential.”
Sumner was one of only seven Eastern Counties winners from 22 bouts on the card in Earlsfield.
In the under-54kg born-1999 contest, the more-experienced Cogan took a close first round as Sumner took his time to find his rhythm, but he demonstrated towards the end of the round he was starting to find the target.
Round two belonged to the Suffolk fighter, who took control and scored with some heavy combinations, while the body shots were taking their toll to put Cogan on the backfoot .
It was all down to last and Sumner showed he was not going to let it slip away as he took control right from the off, again landing strong combinations.
It left the verdict down to the judges, but after some controlled boxing, they awarded Sumner a unanimous verdict and a semi-final spot in two week’s time in Kent. The draw is yet to be decided.