SUNDERLAND boxer Jake Slater insists he has his sights firmly set on completing a hat-trick of titles at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals after lightning struck twice last weekend.
The 19-year-old headed to Sheffield’s Ponds Forge on Friday as he put the U60kg title he won at last year’s BUCS Gatorade Nationals on the line.
Looking to take it from him this time around was University of Aberdeen’s Daban Kamil, but Slater once again prevailed, successfully defending his title.
But despite having won back-to-back gold medals, the former Peterlee College pupil is not done there and is already eyeing up a third title defence next year.
And after being tested by Kamil in the Steel City, Northumbria University student Slater is excited about the months ahead.
“I think he (Kamil) came and roughed me up and did what he needed to do,” he said. “His head was down all the time and he was hard to catch.
“I took some really big shots. He’s a lad who has come down from the weight above and I think you can tell with the power he had in his shots.
“I took his best shot in the first round and shrugged it off so from then I knew I was ok and I had it.
“I don’t mind getting into a brawl. I train with good guys so I’m used to getting roughed up in the gym.
“I would rather have had a more orthodox fight but I know that I will come up against some guys who want to rough me up and I’m prepared for that.
“I’m made up because it’s the second gold I’ve got at BUCS and I want to make it three next year – that is the aim now.”
Meanwhile, University of Sunderland swimmer Jonathan Carlisle helped himself to two medals, claiming 200m backstroke gold and bronze over 50m.
And the 21-year-old was delighted to steal a march on his rivals with the all-important Commonwealth Games trials fast approaching.
“It’s a good competition for me because I’m racing against some of these guys at Commonwealth trials so I know I’ve got this win over them and it’s always good to beat your rivals,” said Carlisle.
“The Commonwealth Games mean a lot to me, I’ve trained all year and going back further I’ve been training since I was four and this is the first big step to Rio.
“That’s the big goal. The first step was always to make Commonwealths this year and then the worlds and then the Olympics.”
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