WEARSIDE has a new British boxing champion.
Sunderland Amateur Boxing Club’s Jake Slater has captured the GB Youth Championships, adding to his ABA Junior title.
The best young fighters from England, Scotland and Wales gathered at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre to contest the British prizes.
Slater, 17, faced Scotland’s number one Gary McGuire in the 60kg semi-final and had to find a way to score against a cagey opponent who kept a tight guard.
The Wearsider moved well, however, picking his shots well and profiting from sharps jabs and accurate combinations on the way to a 16-4 victory.
That set up a final against another Scot, Ahshen Afzal, who again tried to combat the technical superiority of Slater by keeping him at distance.
Slater – a good friend of former clubmate Tony Jeffries – made light of this elusive approach, outworking and outclash the rangy Afzal to claim an 11-3 triumph.
Delighted club coach Joe Purvis said: “We’re proud of Jake and this is a fantastic end of the season for him.”
This may not be the last title for Sunderland, who have Isaac Mcleod – another ABA Junior champ – representing England in Wales on July 7.
The club, based at Barnes Junior School, Mount Road, is keeping its gym open during the closed season to help some of their novice fighters get ready for next term, and encourage new starters.
Any boy aged 10 upwards can go along to training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (5-6pm).