JOSH Kelly is hoping to make it two boxing triumphs in a week after emerging victorious from his involvement in Tuesday’s England-Sweden international at Rainton Meadows Arena.
The 18-year-old from Sunderland beat opponent Clearence Goyram by unanimous decision over the course of three bruising three-minute rounds.
But the Houghton ABC boxer was made to fight all the way against an opponent who turned out to be seven years older than him and with more than 100 bouts under his belt!
The first round was an edgy affair, with Josh coming to terms with the awkward southpaw, but the home boxer came out fighting in the second, taking the contest to the Swede.
And he looked for a stoppage in the third, only for the experienced Swede to come right back at him.
Josh’s father, Paul, a coach at Houghton ABC, said: “It was a great learning bout for Josh because his opponent was much older and bigger than him – it really was like a man taking on a boy to some extent.
“But Josh showed a lot of determination and he really rose to the challenge. He’ll have learned a lot from that fight.”
The teenager is now hoping to make it two successes in a week when he takes part in the senior ABA Tyne, Wear and Tees regional finals back at Rainton Meadows Arena tomorrow, from which winners will go through to the national finals.
Josh, who turns 19 next month, is already a junior ABA champion and this will be his first involvement in the seniors.
England enjoyed a clean sweep of victories against the Swedes.
Talia Anthony secured a majority verdict in defeating Elin Ronnlund, Louis Paul Cunningham beat Nurbo Bozan, Peter Martin outgunned Ben Bodilla, Jordan King overcame Hampus Henriksson, Simon Barclay saw off Gabriel Richards and Lisa Whiteside was a unanimous points winner over Linnea Strandell.
In the support bill, Sunderland ABC’s Travis Waters secured a unanimous decision against Terence Wilkinson (Forest Hall).