BOXING coach Brian Roche believes fight fans will be toasting George Drinkwater’s title success in the aftermath of his ABA National Schoolboy Championships final against Billy Beer.
The 14-year-old Burnley bruiser climbed to number one in the British amateur rankings after knocking John Roddick (Birtley ABC) off his perch, beating him in all three rounds of their semi-final in the competition. That unanimous victory lined up a highly-anticipated final with his London-based foe, who boasts 25 victories from 27 bouts, at Cedar Mount in Gorton next Friday.
Roche said: “George put Britain’s number one to shame. He battered a fighter who had previously won 29 from 31 fights. He hit him with some devastating body punches and Roddick had to go and see a doctor afterwards because he was in pain.
“Nothing will phase George now and he’s going to take some beating. He’s won his last 15 fights and he’s just so powerful and exciting to watch. He will be boxing for England, there’s no doubt about it. George is well after the title, he’s so psyched up for it.”
Elsewhere, 16-year-old Aaron Hayden continued his 100% start to his amateur career, beating Bolton’s David Kerr by way of unanimous decision from the ringside judges after three rounds while 20-year-old Harver Younis beat Danny Ashworth unanimously at Bolton Lads and Girls Club.
“They both boxed superbly,” Roche said. “Aaron has won three out of three now and is really progressing. He’s a quality and stylish fighter and he’s good to watch. He’s got good footwork, good head movement and is very fit.
“It was Harver’s first fight but he boxed the lad’s head off and won every round. He’s a lovely boxer and it didn’t look like it was his first fight because he didn’t seem nervous at all.”