Jack Wiffen and Jake Carrington were both defeated at the quarter-final stage of the England Boxing Schoolboy Championships at Debenham Leisure Centre on Saturday evening.
The Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club pair were up against fighters from Kent, but both ultimately fell short in their quest for a spot in the semi-finals.
Fourteen-year-old Wiffen lost out to Dion Eede of the St Mary’s club.
Wiffen made a positive start to the fight as he claimed the first round, only to be edged out in rounds two and three, and was subsequently defeated on a split decision.
“It has been a couple of tough weeks for Jack,” said Sudbury head coach Neil Anderson. “He has had a shoulder injury, so has not had the sparring we’d have liked. If his preparation had been right, I am confident he would have won that fight.”
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Carrington shook off the flu to take on Moses Mead of the Rumbles Boxing Academy. However, it seemed the illness had a negative impact on the youngster’s performance. “Jake coming down ill in the week just topped it off,” added Anderson. “When you are feeling under the weather, your body does not work as well. That was the case with Jake. He could not get his shots off and his footwork was slow. Like Jack, he wanted to fight because the Schoolboy Championships only come around once a year.”
Despite the disappointment, both boys have already switched their focus to the Monkstown Box Cup in Dublin at the end of next month.
They will be joined on the trip by Kray Moore, Joe Marsh, Ruby East and Jack Burgess. “Jack and Jake were gutted, but they were both back in the gym Sunday morning preparing for Ireland,” Anderson revealed. “It will be tough, but it is going to be a great experience for all of our youngsters.”