Burnley boxer reaches Schoolboy semi-final

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BRUISING Burnley boxer Marvin Jackson has bulldozed his way to a National Schoolboy semi-final.

The 16-year-old, who fights at 71-75kg, registered his third knockout in four contests, demolishing Darlington ABC’s Thomas Nicholson at Gorton’s Boxing Centre of Excellence.

The up-and-coming Roche ABC talent sent his foe crashing to the canvas in the second round, but finished the job off in the third with a stinging attack to secure a huge victory versus an opponent with 39 wins from 42 bouts. He’ll now fight for a place in the final at Newbiggin Leisure Centre tomorrow.

“It was a brilliant fight,” said coach Brian Roche. “Both lads were solid performers but Marvin proved too strong. He’s a big hitter, a fighter who enjoys a war in the ring. He had him down in the second and knocked him out in the third. That’s his third successive KO now and not many will get in his way.”

Also bidding for a place in the final is formidable fighter George Drinkwater. The teenager extended his phenomenal record to 22 consecutive victories as he beat England international Cory Fenwick (Horden ABC).

“This was an absolutely cracking contest,” beamed Roche. “It was a belting bout but George took it 17-15 on points. Both fighters had great technique but George hustled and bustled his opponent and landed some great body shots. George was too tough and on his toes all the time and he deserved to beat the favourite.”