Roche ABC’s young international boxer Dean Thompson gave a terrific account of himself in the semi-finals of the 52 kg ABAE Junior Championships at Saffron Walden 6th Form College on Saturday.
The 16-year-old lost by one point to Rhys Thomas on a majority decision, but it represented a remarkable turnaround for the Colne fighter, who lost 14-2 to the same opponent just 18 months ago.
Boxing three three-minute rounds under the new AIBA rules, the flyweight pair, both internationals, produced the fight of the evening, and coach Brian Roche was proud of his young protege.
He said: “It was a cracking fight, and even though Dean lost by a point, he showed how far he has come in the last 18 months.
“He’s a classy fighter, and after winning one of his first 12 fights, now has lost only 15 of 51.
“I think he has a bright future, he has a great attitude and is fit as a fiddle.”
Last May, Thompson won the North West Regional finals at Gorton in Manchester, beating Macclesfield’s Peter Farghaly over three rounds in the 50kg class.
The following month, the England junior had a narrow points defeat in the final of the Junior Boxing Tri-Nations tournament to Wales’ Keith Shepherd at Warrington’s Orford Leisure Hub.