It has been yet another successful week for the Tyne, Tees and Wear Amateur Boxing Assosciation (TTW ABA).
Following on from last week’s Scandamania England international that the region hosted, the weekend saw the start of the Senior Elite ABAE Championships and also the national finals of the schoolboys championships.
From the 12, seven of our regions boxers managed to win the coveted golden gloves and will subsequently get the chance to represent England.
From Sunderland ABC’s Reece Amir won his first national crown defeating William Ripley (Faversham) on points in the class 2 66kg final.
Birtley ABC had qualified four boxers for the weekend’s finals but were only able to produce one champion, that being Mark Dickinson (cousin of British cruiserweight champion Jon-Lewis) in the class 2 44kg final.
Mark’s brother Jack was unsuccessful against Tommy Smith (Trumpington) in the class 3 50kg as were stablemates Joe Berry (class 1 34kg) and Joe Burnside (class 2 54kg). Still, qualifying four boxers for the final was an incredible achievement for the club and the region.
Both Newbiggin and Darlington qualified two boys each. It was mixed fortunes for Newbiggin as Joe Tyers claimed the class 1 38kg title but Kai Hume lost in the final to Repton’s Jesssedean Harris in the class 2 63kg category.
There was double joy for Darlington though as both Ben Marksby (class 2 40kg) and Jason Foster (class 2 48kg) beat Mark Chamberlain (Team Wiseman) and Billy Chandler (Brentwood) respectively to both claim their golden gloves.
Shildon’s James McMeekin (class 1 44kg) and Peter Smith (Phil Thomas) (class 2 42kg) were the regions other two champions while in the class 1 57kg final South Durham’s Clyde Best was beaten by Sandy’s Ty Davis.
The year is a special one for the regions seven finalists as the Amateur Boxing Association of England have announced that for the first time ever all 45 national champions are to be invited to a Day of Champions event on April 11th.
The ABAE website say the event will: “Be a celebration of the boxers’ achievements and an introduction to Team England. It will give them an opportunity, along with their coach and two guests, to experience the magic of the GB Boxing gym, meet members of the team and other special guests, and take home their Lonsdale golden gloves.”
Congratulations to the seven TTW national champions and to all the schoolboys who competed in this year’s event.
Just the day before – Friday March 1st – the Senior Elite ABAE championship’s got under way in the North East with Sunderland ABC hosting the regions stage.
Friday saw the event kick-off with the preliminary rounds, leading into the regional finals which take place this Friday (March 8th).
In total seven semi-finals took place including last year’s beaten finalists in Lewis Ritson (Forest Hall) and Louis Cunningham (Wellington).
Ritson won his 63.5kg bout with a unaninious points decision over Daniel Cope (Gus Robinson), whereas Cunningham – who earlier in the week had competed for England in the Scandamania event – also won, beating M. Razaq (Swalwell) via a majority points decision in the 71kg semi.
Also boxing at the Scandamania event and here just three nights later was Houghton’s Josh Kelly. Kelly was last year’s junior national champion (third national crown) and also won a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships just before Christmas.
His success last year was followed up this year by winning his first senior international bout at Scandamania and then progressing to the senior regional finals with a unanimious decision over Stewy Moore (Bilton Hall) in a 60kg bout. This week Josh was also accepted onto the Team GB development squad, so congratulations to him for that remarkable achievement.
The other four senior semi-final results were:
54kg Paul Gidney (Boldon) LPTSM Aaron Hubery (Shildon)
57kg Andy Hutchinson (Albert Hill) LPTSM Kevin Nelson (Plains Farm)
63.5kg Luke Radcliffe (Sunderland) LPTSUN Tab Simamane (Phil Thomas)
71kg Daniel Wood (Sunderland East End) LPTSUN J. Doherty (Pally Park)