Sunderland boxing champions are on the up

Boxing champs Isaac MacLeod (left) and Jake Slater with trainer Joe Purvis.
Boxing champs Isaac MacLeod (left) and Jake Slater with trainer Joe Purvis.
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SUNDERLAND Amateur Boxing Club has two more national champions – taking their tally of titles to 24 in the last eight years.

Isaac McLeod and Jake Slater captured Golden Gloves as the National ABA Junior champions.

It was double joy for McLeod, who was National Schoolboy champ last season, and success at the second attempt for last year’s beaten finalist Slater.

McLeod faced the strong Jordan Norington (Stevenage ABC) but Macleod always had the upper hand. The pair produced three outstanding rounds in a real crowd-pleasing contest, McLeod winning 18-12.

Slater boxed brilliantly to a 9-5 win against Jordan Gill (Chatteris ABC), moving well to pick his shots and leave Gill struggling.

Sunderland coach Joe Purvis paid tribute to the pair and the club’s team of coaches.

He said: “We’re proud of the lads and the titles were fully deserved. They were composed and didn’t let the big occasion get on top of them.”

Purvis emphasised the vital contributions of coaches Jim Richardson, Steve Pattison, John Storey, Cliff Quenet and founder John Brown.

Three Wearside fighters fell at the final hurdle at the Junior ABAs.

Houghton & District’s Josh Kelly was edged out 9-8 by Repton’s Romario Wallace, while Washington twins Luke and Pat McCormack, fighting for Birtley, fell to two-point defeats.

Luke went down 11-9 to Jack Rann (Cheshunt) while Pat lost 5-3 to Archie Sharp (Bodyshots ABC).