Thomas has shot at gold

FINALIST: Leon Thomas (blue helmet) in action during Eastgate Boxing Club's show last month
FINALIST: Leon Thomas (blue helmet) in action during Eastgate Boxing Club's show last month

Sudbury’s Leon Thomas will fight for a gold medal in the Redditch Box Cup in Redditch, Worcestershire this weekend after winning his semi-final.

More than 200 boxers attended the event from all over the country with Thomas fighting in the under-66kg category (under 14 bouts) in his 15-year-old age group.

With each section consisting of four boxers, Thomas took a majority verdict against Sam Cussack from Downend Club in Bristol, in what was said to be the fight of the night.

Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club’s head coach Neil Anderson said: “It was a close contest and as the ring announcer said, it must be bout of the day, if not maybe bout of the tournament as both lads worked so hard and it was close at the end.”

From the first bell Thomas went on the attack but Cussack was very relaxed and was more than happy to counter his opponent’s shots.

The Sudbury fighter put combinations to together and had good success in the first round.

In the second Cussack countered well and caught Thomas off guard with two big shots.

This spurred Thomas on and he came straight back at Cussack, but it was now a round apiece.

In the third Thomas boxed very smartly, landing some very heavy blows but Cussack was very strong and never backed off and kept trying to counter Thomas but he was more than equal to it and he outworked Cussack.

The judges awarded Thomas a majority verdict to seal his progress to the final against Charlie Annett of Red Corner Club, Coventry, who won his semi-final showdown on Saturday night against a boxer from Derbyshire.