BOXING: Youngster Mark Smith crowned England Boxing Schools champion

PUBLISHED: 10:12 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:54 31 May 2017

March ABC's new England Boxing Schools champion, Mark Smith, with coach Dave Cole.

March ABC's new England Boxing Schools champion, Mark Smith, with coach Dave Cole.

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Youngster Mark Smith is March Boxing Club's new golden boy.

The local punching talent was crowned national champion at the England Boxing Schools Championships in Manchester last weekend.

Smith, 12, triumphed in the under 31kg A class, outclassing opponent Billy Jenkins of Sunderland-based club North Star ABC on his way to a unanimous points victory.

Mark’s stablemates and cousins, Tarley and Acer Smith, also performed well, reaching the semi-finals and quarter-finals respectively.

The Schools Championships provide the first experience of major national competition for boxers aged between 12 and 14.

Fighters box their way through regional rounds to reach the finals and winners are rewarded with a pair of England Boxing’s famous golden gloves and, for some, there is an opportunity to represent England.

For more information on March Boxing School, which is based on Century Way, call 07984 658005.

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