March boxing starlet Joe Steed crowned Eastern Counties champion

Joe Steed.

Joe Steed. - Credit: Archant

March boxing prospect Joe Steed took another huge step towards establishing himself as one of the region’s top talents by storming to success in the Eastern Counties Championships.

Steed, 18, won the national strap in his first ever appearance in the competition, clinching the belt on a split decision after an enthralling bout with experienced Halstead puncher, James Blore.

The March star was pushed hard in all three rounds, and admitted he had to dig deep to seal the victory.

“It was a tough fight,” he said. “I had to dig deep, but the support from everyone made it easier. Thank you to everyone who supported me.”

Steed had experienced success in the national Junior Novice Championships and made the step up last weekend, leaving his coach, David Cole, full of praise for the young fighter.

“Joe boxed brilliantly,” he said. “In the first round he caught Blore with clear shots and spun around well to avoid counter punches.

“Blore caught Joe with some heavy blows in the second round but Joe held his ground and started coming back at the end of the round.

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“In the third he showed a lot of heart and managed to push forward and get the decision.

“It was a great performance and made the club proud.”