Lee Rooney has become the first national champion for Wearmouth Boxing Club – after just two years in the sport.
The youngster contested the under-41kg Class B development title final against Hull’s Ali Alnezi in the England Boxing Development Championships in Grantham.
Rooney edged a close first round with the better quality punches. In the second round, the Carley Hill lad was more aggressive, landing more regularly with his measured attacks.
In the last round, Rooney was able to cement his hold on the title with some eye-catching shots with both hands while showing some slick defensive footwork to avoid the attacks of Alnezi.
The unanimous verdict sealed a perfect weekend for Rooney, who thanked all of his vociferous supporters who travelled to Grantham to back him and sponsor Seldons Leisure World for their continued support.