Hassan dream dies in tight junior ABA semi-final

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SUNDERLAND ABC boxer Joel Hassan’s gallant bid for his first national junior ABA title ended at the semi-final stage.

The 15-year-old, who has been Tyne and Wear champion for the past four years, took on the tournament favourite Benjamin Vaughan of Kings Heath in the last four of the competition.

The contest was an all-action affair, with Hassan leading in the opening stages but unable to edge the decision over the course of the full three rounds.

There were mixed fortunes for the Dickinson brothers from Birtley ABC, with Jack winning his bout to reach the final while Jacob lost a unanimous decision.