Clayton ABC’S Harry Magee is through to the national quarter-finals of Clubs for Young People boxing championships.
Harry, 18, boxed Andrew Fleming, 19, of Astley VIP in the North West 60kg category title in Gorton over three, three minute rounds.
Magee began to land heavily with shots to the body of southpaw Fleming.
He didn’t get it all his own way as Fleming stuck to his guns and waited for the opportunity to land his own heavy-looking straight left.
Going into the third round it was even and this was the round where Magee won the title as he managed to step up a couple of gears.
He still shipped punches but landed more; both boxers were bloodied at the end and both were glad to hear the final bell.
Clayton head coach John Brindle was over the moon saying: "This was the best Harry had boxed and could go all the way and win the national title."
As North West champion, Magee then took on a Merseyside and Cheshire opponent, Baz Dambadajara of Gemini ABC, in Gorton again.
On paper, Dambadajara was a much better prospect.
The bout was also fought over three, three minute rounds and the first round started off with both boxers weighing each other up.
Dambadajara prodded and feinted with his left hand but Magee was too clever and too quick, taking advantage of a low lead and catching him with straight right hands, followed up with a flurry of combinations.
The pattern was set and as the fight went on Magee landed more regularly as his jab began to land as well.
Few of his opponents’ shots landed as Magee covered up and countered. By the third round, the Accrington man’s confidence was high as he absorbed everything before exploding with three straight shots which pushed his opponent back on to the ropes.
It was a convincing victory which now takes Magee to the national quarter-finals on November 11, also at Gorton.