Wallace reaches the final after walkover

Sam Higgins.

Sam Higgins. - Credit: Archant

Weston boxer Wallace Attwell reached the final of the National Schoolboy Boxing Championships after a walkover.

THE National Schoolboy Amateur Boxing Championship quarter-finals took place at Bodmin, Cornwall, with Weston Boxing Club having three entries still remaining.

First to enter the ring was Jamie Claridge, aged 12, of Cheddar, in the under-43kg category. Standing in his way was Ronan Decierio of Eltham, London, who started the first round aggressively.

Jamie went on the back foot and as the round neared the end, he started to gain some advantage. The second round Jamie take control and caught the advancing Decierio with straight southpaw counters. The third was even, with Jamie getting the better of the first half and Decierio finishing the stronger, which must have favoured the officials’ final decision to the London lad.

Wesley Williams (13) of Hewish, followed Jamie in the under-48kg category, and faced Tony O’Brien of Five Star, London. Wesley went out all guns blazing from the start and even though he applied constant pressure he was not connecting entirely cleanly.


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However, he continued the same throughout the second, as he slowed in the third O’Brien started to catch Wesley more cleanly and this brought about the decision in favour of the Five Star boxer.

Weston’s Wallace Attwell (13) got a walkover as his opponent failed to make the weight, and now carries forward to the final as there is no other southern entry in the under-68kg category, which takes place in Huddersfield on Saturday.

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Sam Higgins (16) of Nailsea, made his return to the ring after a 12-month lay-off. He faced host club boxer Daniel Allison, of Barton Hill at Easton Leisure Centre.

In the first round, Sam measured up his opponent and in the second, he felt confident enough to apply more pressure and at the final bell, it was all one-sided, as his opponent received two standing eight counts.

Weston ABC and Warriors ABC, with its abundance of currently successful boxers, are holding their annual tournament on May 17, at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. The club is currently looking for sponsors of this event. If interested, please contact John on 07786 371164.

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