Connor McCulloch became the North East boxing champion at the very first time of asking.
The 13-year-old Sunderland ABC boxer won a thrilling contest in the ABA regional finals to become champion and leave himself just three fights away from becoming national champion.
In just his third outing McCulloch was involved in one of the most thrilling, Stand-out contests of the regional finals against Darlington’s Nathan Smith. Connor was handed the contest after a points draw of 12-12. After a count-back the scores were still level at 16-16 before judges scored it 3-2 in the Hylton Lane boxers’ favour. One factor in the decision may have been McCulloch’s first round dominance that included a big head shot that wobbled Smith.
The rookie boxer will now fight today in Manchester against Chorley’s Joseph Shaw. The boxers know nothing about each other and should be a mouth-watering contest hopefully ending in McCulloch going one step closer to becoming a national champion.
In McCulloch’s first amateur fight he won via a stoppage of his opponent, proving that despite starting late there is talent there that McCulloch is hoping to showcase on a bigger stage, and although he lost his second contest, McCulloch got the victory in the ABA’s where it mattered most.
McCulloch said: “Being at Sunderland is great, they push you to get better and fitter. This is my first year competing in the ABA’s but I was very proud to win regional’s and I am now hoping to go all the way.
“I don’t know much about my opponent but still believe I can beat him. I take my inspiration from Isaac (Macleod) from our gym because he has won the ABA’s three times.”
Connor went on to add: “I play a bit of football but I only compete in boxing. I would love to make a career out of boxing like my hero Muhammad Ali.”
Good luck to Connor.