Highly-rated Charlie claims prestigious championship win

CAUSING CHAOS: Charlie Smith on the front foot in Kent
CAUSING CHAOS: Charlie Smith on the front foot in Kent

Burnley boxer Charlie “Chaos” Smith showed why he’s rated so highly after scooping the English ABA Minors Championship at the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.

The 12-year-old Sandygate ABC fighter saw off stiff competition in the 42kg final of the competition from Londoner Callum Smith, representing Sporting Ring ABC.

“I’m well happy,” said the year seven Blessed Trinity pupil. “Everything went well for me, beating unbeaten boxers in the quarters and semis.”

Charlie and the dangerous Smith, who also had a unblemished record, fought for the 40-42kg title. Straight from the opening bell Charlie showed his intentions, taking centre and forcing his opponent onto his back foot throughout, connecting well with his lead hand, rear hand combinations. The second was a more tepid affair as Callum was now aware of the power possessed by the Smith from Harle Syke, and resorted to closing the range and boxing on the inside, which resulted in the Burnley boxer working the body in the clinches, switching to the head when guard dropped.

The third and final round saw Charlie’s double lead rear hand straight punches forcing the now bewildered Smith onto the ropes, striking with devastating ease opening up a cut on Sporting Ring’s Smith face. It was no surprise when Sandygate’s Smith was named the unanimous winner.