Thomas lands gold in Schools Cup bout

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Leon Thomas is believed to be Sudbury Amateur Boxing Club’s first gold medallist after punching his way to the Redditch Schools Box Cup.

Sudbury head coach Neil Anderson praised his 15-year-old age group fighter for coming through a tricky final in Redditch, Worcestershire with a majority verdict over Charlie Annette of Red Corner, Coventry on Saturday.

He said: “It was an excellent contest and Annette made sure of that with his all-out aggressive style.

“But Leon more than deserved the result and we believe he is the first ever gold medallist for Sudbury ABC.”

He added: “It just shows what hard work and determination can do.

“I would like to congratulate Leon on behalf of everybody at Sudbury ABC.”

From the first bell Annette made his intentions very clear as he charged to the centre and attacked Thomas right from the off, catching him with two very solid shots, showing the Sudbury boxer would have his work cut out.

But Thomas, fighting in the under-66kg (under 14 bouts) showdown, settled into the bout quickly and started to find a nice rhythm against his very aggressive opponent.

Despite Annette calling the shots, Thomas’ replies were seeing him come out of the exchanges with the upper hand.

He was boxing superbly, rolling under the advancing Annette and landing solid hooks to head and body, with body shots starting to take there toll and slow his opponent’s pace slightly.

On several occasions he was able to pin him in the corner and land solid shots.

In the third round Annette bloodied Thomas’ nose but this did not deter him and the Sudbury fighter kept up his quick movement, with his extra training paying off as he finished the stronger to record the majority verdict win.