JOSH Kelly is still on course to successfully retain his national ABA title after emerging victorious in regional finals.
The talented Sunderland boxer, who trains with Houghton ABC, retained his Tyne, Tees and Wear title when he notched a unanimous victory over Wellington’s Kallum Leather.
And now he goes through to the quarter-final stages of the national ABA’s, which will be held in Liverpool later this month.
Other results on the Tyne Tees and Wear bill at the Rainton Meadows Arena saw James Archer of South Durham earn a unanimous decision over Adam Hutchinson of Albert Hill in his final, while Lewis Ritson of Forest Hall earned a split decision over Wellington’s Louis Cunningham in a semi-final contest.
Three other finals were decided on the day.
Liam Knight of Bo’s Boxing lost a unanimous decision to Darlington’s Troy Williamson, Reece Ellis of Spennymoor lost a split decision to Dean Laing of Birtley and Michael Watson of East Durham beat Michael Terril of Howden in a split decision.
Great Britain boxers Pat McCormack of Birtley ABC and Warren Baister of Sunderland ABC have been seeded to the national quarter-finals.
The quarters, semis and finals will be held over three consecutive days of competition at the 5,000 plus seater Echo Arena in Liverpool.
They will also be televised on Sky Sports 2 from 8-10pm on Friday, May 2.