Hat-trick of wins for Burnley boxing club

Oathey Jones (centre) is pictured with Jack Steff (left) and George Drinkwater at the Roche ABC club on Briercliffe Road.
Oathey Jones (centre) is pictured with Jack Steff (left) and George Drinkwater at the Roche ABC club on Briercliffe Road.

OATHEY Jones completed a hat-trick of national champions for Roche ABC as he dominated his opponent to win the ABA Schoolboy Championship at the Newbiggin Sports Centre in Northumberland.

The 11-year-old joined Jack Steff and George Drinkwater - making the local club the only one in the country with three national titles - as he extended his perfect amateur record to seven wins from seven bouts with a 42-10 victory over Portsmouth’s Harry Needham.

Fighting in the 40-42kg category, Jones turned in a classy display against a rival from the Ted Harris Boxing Academy, who was also unbeaten in five fights.

Coach Brian Roche beamed: “Oathey fought unbelievably well against another unbeaten lad.

“Needham was taller, but Oathey was too clever for him.

“He really was brilliant.”