Sumner through to Nationals last eight

QUICK HANDS: Sudbury's Jake Sumner booked his place in the National Youth Championships at the weekend
QUICK HANDS: Sudbury's Jake Sumner booked his place in the National Youth Championships at the weekend

Sudbury boxer Jake Sumner won the Eastern Counties Youth Under 69kg title at the weekend to book his spot in the quarter-finals of the forthcoming National Youth Championships.

The victory that clinched first prize came against Haddenham ABC’s Riley Smith, who had won the previous bout between the duo at the NABGC Championships held in November.

However, on this occasion Sumner won through, despite the fact he lost the first round.

“Smith was always going be a stiff test and this is by far Jake’s best victory to date,” said head coach Neil Anderson.

“At the end, Smith looked spent, but he never gave up and kept coming at Jake. This is testament to how hard Jake has trained.”

Sumner will join seven other county champions in the last eight of the competition, to be held in Rotherham on the weekend of February 12.

n At a junior beginners’ session held last week, seven youngsters aged between seven and 10 became the first boxers from the Sudbury club to pass Level 1 of the Boxing Awards.

These were Mason Frost, Finley Barrs, Josh Cates, Maisey Wiffen, Honey Waygood, Kray Moore and Robert Austin, who were assessed by trainee coach, Vicky Tapp, under the supervision of coach, James Blezard.