LAMBTON Street ABC boxers Bobby Begg and Danny Charlton are both set to represent the city in national championships this month, writes Graeme Anderson.
Seventeen-year-old Bobby is competing in the semi-finals of the Clubs for Young People competition, formerly the Boys Club, and will fight Buxton ABC’s Joel Pickering at Nissan Social Club in Washington tomorrow.
Bobby is defending the CYP national title he won last year and if he overcomes the Derbyshire boxer will go on to the finals held in early December.
Dan is fighting in the semi-finals of the Novice Senior ABAs and is set to fight in Manchester next weekend.
Should he win, he will fight in the national finals, this year held at the Nissan Social Club, also in early December.
Lambton Street’s Tony Austin, who along with Joe Donkin, has coached the two teenage prospects, said: “We’re delighted to see them reach the closing stages of these competitions.
“It reflects well on the club, but more importantly it reflects well on them.
“Bobby is probably the best fighter at his weight in the country.
“He was a losing finalist in the Junior ABA’s last year so he’s there or thereabouts and I know that GB are looking at him.
“As for Dan, he hasn’t had that many fights, but this year he has really got his head down and applied himself and with Joe’s help in particular, it has proven to be worth it because the lad has reached national semi-finals and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him go through to the finals.
“The only problem we might have is that if both get through to their finals then they might be fighting on the same day – Bobby in Stoke and Danny in Washington.
“That would be a nightmare for the club in terms of organisation, but we’ll still take it if it means both our lads reaching national finals.”