Young Sudbury novices come home with the goods

BEST IN SHOW: Sudbury's Jasper Boydell (left) and Jake Sumner, who fought with aplomb in the The Eastern Counties Novice Championships in Southend.
BEST IN SHOW: Sudbury's Jasper Boydell (left) and Jake Sumner, who fought with aplomb in the The Eastern Counties Novice Championships in Southend.
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SUDBURY Amateur Boxing Club’s head coach Neil Anderson praised his young guns for claiming three Eastern Counties novice titles from a possible four in Southend on Sunday.

The Eastern Counties Novice Championships are for boxers who had taken part in under 10 or five bouts and Sudbury’s fighters showed plenty of promise.

“Three Eastern Counties Novice titles from four is an excellent result and shows all the hard work and progress these lads have put in this season,” said Anderson, whose club will hold their final dinner show this season at Sudbury Sports Centre on June 16.

Six boxers were entered but Connor Bleazard and Zak Lawson could not make the weight so had to forfeit the chance to box.

First up was Jack Burgess, born in 1998, in the under 38kg and under five bouts experience group, against Regan Boughen of Brentwood Youth Boxing Club.

The bout started at a fast pace with both landing scoring blows but Burgess was just out-worked towards the end of each round and this was reflected in the result, Burgess losing with a computer score of 20-12.

Next up was Jake Sumner, born in 1998, in the under-10 bouts, under-44kg category, against Toby Oliver of Norwich City ABC. Slightly taller and with a longer reach, Oliver started well and Sumner found it hard to get in punching range without getting caught.

After the second round Oliver was slightly ahead but Sumner was now finding the target easier. In the third the Sudbury boxer dominated his opponent, landing good combinations and not getting caught by Oliver’s longer reach. Sumner took the verdict 22-20 on the computer and picked up the title.

Jasper Boydell boxed next and was up against Brandon Sheriff of Tilbury Dockers. This was an exceptional performance from the stylish Boydell.

He out-worked and out-thought his opponent in every department and was a runaway winner at 27-8 on the computer.

Last in was 16-year-old George Manning, born in 1995, in the under-63kg, under-five bouts category, and he was up against Kein Rutland of the Centurions ABC, Colchester.

Manning made excellent use of his height and reach advantage and boxed on the outside using fast feet and nice long straight shots.

But when he stayed in range Rutland had good success on the inside. Manning took the result 12-10 which was a good reflection of a close, hard-fought contest.

Tickets are available for Sudbury’s summer show on June 16 from Brian Anderson on 01787 880767 at £40 including a three course meal.