Burnley boxer George out to add to his titles

George Drinkwater
George Drinkwater
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TEENAGE boxing sensation George Drinkwater will be getting his own room at Gorton’s Boxing Centre of Excellence at this rate.

On the back of his North West 57-60kg title success, the 15-year-old made it 21 consecutive wins to book his place in the National Schoolboys quarter-final which will take place at the same venue this weekend.

The Roche ABC amateur fighter, who has a clean sweep of titles with ABA and National belts, beat West Midlands amateur champion Trent Smith (Worcester City ABC), ranked number one in England in that weight division, to make the final eight. Drinkwater’s arm was held aloft by virtue of an 18-15 points decision following a gruelling three-round bout.

“Smith is a very good kid,” said coach Brian Roche. “He could really punch hard and he’s a tall lad. He had really good ratings from the England representatives, including GB coach Mick Gannon.

“But George battered him and was too good for him. George is a fit, strong fighter and his opponent really struggled to land punches on him. In the third round George went out, threw everything at him and absolutely nailed him at times. I think in the end Smith was glad to hear the final bell.”

Roche added: “George won it last year but he’s obviously gone up in weight since. He’s up against some stronger lads now but I still think he can go on and win it. He’s a great, young boxer and as strong as an ox.”

Also staking his claim for a National Schoolboy title was 16-year-old ‘Lord of the Ring’ Morgan Jackson. Roche’s protégé sent another West Midlands champion, Hamid Mahazi (Warley ABC), crashing out of the competition to make the quarter-final stage.

Jackson, who fights at 71-75kg, gave his opponent an early warning, beating him to the canvas in the first round. Mahazi though foolishly got back to his feet, allowing Jackson to inflict further punishment before ending the contest with a knockout in the second.

It was only Jackson’s third fight for the Briercliffe Road club, but his 100% record now includes two KOs.

“He was superb,” beamed Roche. “His opponent only had two losses from 20 bouts and one of those was to Morgan last year. Morgan is a big puncher and he had him down in the first before finishing him off in the second.

“I’ve got big hopes for him, he’s a top class fighter.”

Roche ABC will be hosting a show featuring national champions Drinkwater, Jack Steff and Oathey Jones at Byerden House on Friday, May 11th.

For tickets contact Brian on 07749 903771.