KIARAN Macdonald completed a hat-trick of wins in the Youth ABA National Championships on his way to be crowned the national champion against top opposition.
Kiaran, who won the North East championship in style at the end of last month, went into the national quarter-finals on Friday against England champion Danny Hashmi (Stevenage).
Kiaran, already a member of the England team, is almost certain now to move into the Great Britain team
In an exciting first round on day one, both boys went head to head with Macdonald edgeing it slightly.
The Sunderland ABC boxer continued to get in his left hooks to the body which had Hashmi reeling in the second.
Macdonald looked comfortable in the third and eventually won on a unanimous decision.
On day two, Kiaran took on GB favourite and multi-national champion Connor Butler (Kirby).
Both fighters showed fantastic spirit and skill for three rounds, but it was again Kiaran who won on a unanimous decision.
On the final day, Macdonald was up against Niall Farrell (Second City) in the final.
Farrell, reigning national ABA champion and a GB podium boxer who medalled in the Euro championships, had come through his championships against top opposition.
However, Macdonald used his skill and power to turn on the style and outbox Farrell.
In the third and final round, it was Macdonald who showed his worth and the Sunderland southpaw won on a 2-1 decision to be crowned Youth ABA champion.
Kiaran, already a member of the England team, is almost certain now to move into the Great Britain team – a massive achievement for the Sunderland Amateur Boxing Club boxer.
Head coaches Joe Purvis and Jimmy Richardson said: “We are delighted at Kiaran’s success and we always knew he was a real talent.
“He has blossomed over the last two years and over the three days even though the opposition got better and better. Kiaran also got better. He has the talent to go all the way.”
Elsewhere, Sunderland’s Luke Ratcliffe defeated Stefan Robinson (Bishop Auckland) by a unanimous decision in a hard-fought contest at Wingate WMC.