Liam reaches national final

Liam Hunt.

Liam Hunt. - Credit: Archant

Weston Boxing Club’s Liam Hunt reached the final of the National Novice Championships.

WESTON Boxing Club travelled to Birmingham for the semi finals of the National Novice Championships with brothers Lewis and Liam Hunt.

Class A light welterweight Lewis, aged 22, was first in against Husam Memmood of Eastside, Birmingham. Lewis got of to a good start looking strong and catching Memmood the more often, but he started to fade midway through the second round and getting caught by the counters.

A fair decision went in favour of Memmood at the end, but Lewis can be pleased at his achievements and is now a national bronze medallist.

Liam Hunt, aged 27, was next in for Weston in this Class B middleweight contest. He faced the accomplished Luke John of Slough. Whatever John threw, it either missed or caught the defence of Liam, but Liam was more clinical with his punches and was announced the winner at the end of this contest.

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Liam now tries to add another gold to the Redditch Box Cup gold he won last year, when he faces Yorkshire’s highly-rated Blondie Price in the final at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire, on Saturday.

The club took the short trip to Burnham for King Alfred ABC’s home tournament at the Haven Holiday village. Wearing the black and gold colours was Ollie Giddings (19), who took on Alex Zendra (18) of Finchley, North London, a reputable club home of Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua and former world heavyweight title challenger Derek Chisora.

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Zendra also had twice as much experience as Giddings, but it was the Weston boxer who showed the better knowledge of the art as he dropped under the southpaw lead of his opponent and banged into the rib cage of Zendra.

Giddings continued to defend well and find his way with the rear hand. However, as he took the contest at short notice, he tired but managed to hold on to get the better side of a split decision.

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