Young Burnley boxer has 100% record

Othey Jones (11) who won the Schoolboy Minors ABA boxing title.
Othey Jones (11) who won the Schoolboy Minors ABA boxing title.

BURGEONING Roche ABC protégé Oathey Jones maintained his 100 per cent amateur record with a stunning victory over Kalim Osmani.

The 12-year-old smudged the Cleckheaton ABC’s previously unblemished record via a unanimous verdict at Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground.

“Going in to the contest Oathey had won all seven of his bouts and Kalim had won all eight,” said trainer Brian Roche. “But Oathey beat him unanimously and I was very impressed with his performance. He’s a very classy performer and it’s no surprise that he’s a national champion.”

Also on the card was 16-year-old Rez Carter who lost on a majority verdict to Bradford City ABC’s Jea De-Res. “It was an excellent fight but unfortunately Rez lost on a majority decision,” said Roche. “It was only his second contest and he’s doing really well. He won his first fight after only boxing for 18 months.”

Elsewhere, at Bradford City AFC’s Valley Parade stadium, Nicky Perry stormed to victory over Robert Adamson (Eastburn ABC) in the 70kg weight category.

The 21-year-old reversed his fortunes to win five successive fights after losing in his first seven amateur outings. “He was awarded the fighter of the night accolade for his performance,” beamed Roche. “That shows just how much he’s developing. He was superb and showed that he’s a talented lad. I think the penny has finally dropped with him now. He’s a big puncher plus he’s got that belief now.”

Oathey, Rez and Nicky will be joining three national boxing champions on the bill for Roche ABC’s next show.

Jack Steff, Othey Jones and George Drinkwater will all feature at the Bacup Hub in Burnley Road on November 17th.

Middleweight Steff, 20, will face Wellington ABC’s Peter Martin, ranked number two in Europe, hard-hitting 16-year-old Drinkwater will take on James Thompson in a featherweight bout while 12-year-old Jones will look to maintain his 100 per cent record when he encounters Bootle’s John Whittle in what will be his eighth amateur contest.

“It will be the first time an amateur boxing club from Burnley has featured three national champions on its bill,” boasted trainer Brian Roche. “There will be some cracking fights that will bring the roof down.”

Anybody wishing to purchase tickets for the event, which are priced at £10, or would like more details on the show can contact Brian on 07749 903771.