PROMISING Sunderland boxer Curtis Todd has won his way through to the Tri-Nations ABA finals this weekend and is looking forward to the biggest challenge of his fledgling career, writes Graeme Anderson.
The Lambton Street ABA boxer is one of four hopefuls from Wearside competing to be recognised as the best boxer in their age and weight category throughout England, Scotland and Wales in finals taking place today and tomorrow in Liverpool.
Sunderland ABC’s Isaac McCleod, Houghton ABC’s Josh Kelly and Birtley’s Washington-born Luke McCormack are also competing.
The likes of fellow teenagers McCleod and McCormack are near veteran achievers at this level – both boxers former and current Tri-Nations champions – but Todd is hoping to lift his first Tri-Nations title after recently reaching the semi-finals of the junior ABAs.
Seventeen-year-old Todd, of Pallion, has worked hard to get through to the finals and coach Tony Austin is proud of the teenager.
He said: “If desire earned you titles, then Curtis would be the Tri-Nations champion right now! He’s absolutely desperate to do well in the competition.
“He’s just starting off in his career and has not had many bouts so to reach the semis of the juniors was a great achievement in itself and we’d love him to go one better this weekend.”
Josh Kelly of High Barnes, McCleod of Ford Estate and McCormack of Washington – whose twin Pat has chosen not to compete this weekend – are all current Junior ABA champions after recent finals and all looking to round their seasons off with impressive showings this weekend that will confirm the teenagers’ rich potential.