ANDYGATE Amateur Boxing Club’s hottest prospect Jerome Lawton made it three North West Schoolboy Champions for the popular Burnley club.
Not only did the talented 15-year-old (pictured in red) pick up the title for the third year running - a Schoolboy East Lancs record - but he did it in tremendous style.
‘Lights-Out’ was pitted against N. Dootson (Castle Hill Police ABC) in what turned out to be the biggest winning margin during the prestigious event. The first round saw the year 10 Hameldon pupil release a ferocious barrage of punches leaving his Bolton-based foe dazed and confused as Lawton commanded the ring with ease, scoring 14-2.
The second two-minute round saw the Sandygate superstar showcase his full suitcase of combinations throwing feints effortlessly then hitting the mark with a long winding rear hand screw shot. The teenager followed that concoction with a lightening quick jab and a strong right hook to end the round 20-4.
Within 30 seconds of the final round the man-in-the-middle was forced to administer a standing eight count to the disheartened Dootson before another formidable flurry saw the referee issue another count which brought an end to the contest.
“Jerome put in a truly awesome display & deserves his third NW Schoolboy title,” beamed club coach Nik Tucker. “It is a hell of a feat itself, but he is hungry to go all the way and after that performance against a well thought of fighter it’s going to take a tank to stop him.”
Lawton now faces Midland’s Champion M. Owen (Donnington ABC) in the next round along with 2010 National Schoolboy Champion Sam Tucker (14) who is against B. Perkins (Solihull ABC). Last Year’s 2011 National Minors finalist James Kimberley (12) still awaits his fate.
The bouts will take place on Sunday at the Manchester Boxing Centre Of Excellence, Gorton. Anyone interested in watching the promising trio or wish for information on taking up the noble art contact Nik Tucker on 07855505719 or visit the clubs new website www.sandygateabc.com.
Elsewhere, Brett Windle and Charlie Martin both narrowly lost out to more experienced pugilists in their finals with both Sandygate boxers pushing their opposite numbers to the limit.