Houghton and District’s three-time national champion Josh Kelly has advanced to the semi-final of the World Youth Championships after winning three in four days.
Josh is out in Armenia representing England in the competition held once every two years and after beating Mexican Carlos Aurelio Sanchez Valadez earlier today in the quarter-final light welterweight contest, he is guaranteed to come back with at least a bronze medal.
Josh boxes his semi-final on Thursday after outscoring the tough Mexican 13-8. He took to Facebook declaring his delight at guaranteeing himself a medal at his first international tournament.
The Houghton boxer began on Saturday after he received a bye through the first preliminary round. In the second preliminary round he met Turkmenistan southpaw Shamurat Cherkezov and outscored him 12:9. The Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) website reported:
“The tall Turkmenistan southpaw struggled to cope with the sharp English boxer’s mature display in the opener and Kelly opened up a one point lead. A solid second session ending 6:3 paved the way to a points victory. He now faces Kazimeriz Legowski in a round of 16 match up on Monday afternoon.”
Legowski is the Polish number one and was expected to be a really tough test for Josh but he beat him yesterday via a third round disqualification. The ABAE website reported:
“Josh shaded the opening round by a point and then his superior fitness levels kicked in as he dominated the remainder of the contest. Legowski endured an 8 count towards the end of the middle round and then began to hang and hold onto Josh to collect his first warning.Two further warnings followed in the last round to bring about automatic disqualification for Legowski.”
That win set up today’s clash with Mexican Sanchez and after another impressive win today Josh will now box in the semi-final, where victory would guarantee him at least a silver medal. The gold medal match will take place a day after the semi on Friday should Josh get there.
Josh will have to be at his very best on Thursday though as he meets the Cuban light welterweight number one ranked Kevin Hayler Brown.
Support on Facebook for Josh has been outstanding and we at WearBoxing would like to congratulate Josh on his fantastic achievement and wish him all the best with the rest of the competition.