THERE are currently three national champions and three area title-holders at Burnley’s Roche Amateur Boxing Club.
But that trio of North West champions could soon become four after 11-year-old protégé Oaghey Jones sailed through to the ABA finals, held in Mansfield next month.
The youngster stopped opponent Ricardo Young (Birkenhead Venture) in the first round at Gorton’s Centre of Excellence in Manchester.
Coach Brian Roche said: “We could soon have three national champs and four area champs.
“That’s not bad at all in five years!
“I think Oathey will go on to win it now. It’s going to take a special lad to beat him.”
Elsewhere, Oathey’s opponent from the quarter-final, Ethan Swailes (Shilsden ABC), endured further devastation against a Roche ABC foe as Burnley teenager Liam Ormerod won unanimously on his debut in Moston, Manchester.
But there was disappointment for 14-year-old Dean Thomson on the night as he lost by virtue of a majority decision against Tameside’s Joseph Nixon.
“He lost by a single point,” said Roche. “It was a really close fight and I thought Dean had nicked it.
“It was a brilliant bout and Dean was superb, though his opponent was also a good fighter.”
Fight of the night went to Anthony Tibbs (25) who secured his third amateur success in five outings with a crushing victory over Alex Alexius (Fox ABC). Tibbs did the business in the third round, knocking his opponent out.
“It was a cracking fight,” beamed Roche. “It brought the house down.
“The other lad took a huge following but Anthony soon sorted him out and knocked him out in the third round.
“He really brought it on in that last round, stuck to his boxing, and proved too good and too fit for Alex to cope with.”