Walcot ABC duo win gold at Box Cup

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Walcot ABC are celebrating after two of their young boxers won gold medals at the recent Bristol Box Cup, writes Dave Veysey.

 Twelve-year-olds Drew Hunt and Bill Harris both beat the best in their age and weight at the event to claim the gong.

 The competition was open to any amateur club in the UK, and proved a big hit over two days at the Filton Academy in Bristol.

 For Drew it was the second year running that he has won gold at the tournament.

 In his Class B,Under 42kgs semi-final, he beat Ben Jenkins from the Mayflower club in Plymouth by a unanimous points decision.

 The Dorcan schoolboy was in command throughout the three rounds and ran out a comfortable winner.

 In the final he met Reece Tobin from Ireland and started strongly, using his fast left jab and strong straight right to good effect over the opening two rounds.

 The Irish teenager walked onto a heavy right hand in the opening moments of the final round, which prompted his corner to throw in the towel.

 Harris enjoyed a bye to the final of the Class A, Under 32kgs final where he encountered Ethan Thorner of Shepton Mallet.

 The pint-sized terrier threw leather for the entire contest to win by a unanimous points decision.

 But there was disappointment for Bill’s brother Nigel Harris and clubmate Fred Bond.

 Thirteen-year-old Harris lost his final on points to Max Boulton of Yate ABC while Bond bowed out at the semi-final stage losing to Jily Lamb from Weston Super Mare.

Chief coach Harry Scott summed up the feeling at Walcot, saying: “It’s great news that Drew and Bill won gold medals at this prestigious event.

“For the second year running Drew has boxed on consecutive days and won gold – that’s some achievement.

“Bill is coming along nicely and learning all the time.

“For Nigel and Fred there will be other days, but the tournament experience for them was invaluable.”