GOLDEN BOY: Champion Charlie’s delight at third ABA title

GOLDEN boy Charlie Stevens hailed one of the most satisfying wins of his career after he became a FIVE-TIME national champion.

The 16-year-old, from Upwell, won his second consecutive Junior Amateur Boxing Association title on Saturday, beating Kettering’s Charlie Lee 16-9 on points.

He said: “It was a grudge match and it was one of my best wins.

“As soon as I got in there, he was eye-balling me. I knew if I lost I would never hear the end of it. I knew I had to do the business and I did.

“He tried to turn it into a war but I just sat off him and picked him off. I really wanted to win and that was one of the best.”

Stevens won his first ABA title as a schoolboy in 2008 before claiming his first junior championship last year. He is also a two-time Great Britain champion, having won the three nations championship in 2008 and 2011.

“I think I’ve got more than 100 trophies now,” he said. “But I will never get sick of winning these golden gloves.”

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Former boxer Mark Stevens, Charlie’s father, said: “Charlie walked it - he gave him a boxing lesson and I’m absolutely ecstatic.

“We’ve got two rooms full of his trophies at home. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Stevens’ latest title came five months after he said a fond farewell to his boyhood club March ABC in order to join West Ham Boys ABC.

He is training alongside fellow champions three times a week in London - but he still does some work with his old March coach Dave Cole.

Stevens added: “The Olympics is the biggest stage of them all and that’s still my dream. That’s where stars are made.”

The teenager, who has won 25 of his 28 bouts, is now planning to take a six-month break from the ring.