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Potter picks up the prize
Updated 11:50am Wednesday 12th February 2014 in Sport
A TEENAGE Warrington boxer has secured the Merseyside and Cheshire welterweight youth title.
Billy Potter, 16, boxes for Hook and Jab ABC, which is based at Palatine Industrial Estate in South Warrington, and beat Everton Red Triangle’s Reece Jameson to a unanimous points’ victory.
The pair served up an-all action affair, standing toe-to-toe for three hard-fought three-minute rounds at Croxteth Leisure Centre in Liverpool.
Coach Derek Groarke said: “Billy is an exceptional talent and he proved this, in what was a very close fought bout.
“Billy was pushed all the way by Reece, right until the final bell, but in the end his skills and commitment rightly saw him named the winner of the Cheshire title.
“The fight gave him the opportunity to test himself against a quality opponent, an invaluable experience as he aims for amateur boxing success.”
While the action was aggressive, the pair also showed quality technical ability too, with both demonstrating exceptional compact boxing skills.
As well as the Merseyside and Cheshire youth event being a new tournament, it also represented a significant first for Billy’s boxing club.
He was the first fighter to represent them under their new name of Hook and Jab ABC, having been known for 23 years as Bridgefoot Police Amateur Boxing Club.
Billy Potter is a former semi-finalist at the prestigious Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) Schoolboy Championships tournament, the famous national competition that has been a springboard to success for many of Britain’s most celebrated boxing stars.
Groarke added: “We recently decided to rename our amateur boxing club, so it would share the same name as the gym we train at – Hook and Jab.
“Billy’s fight was his first-ever one under this new moniker, so we are really delighted to mark this special milestone with his title success.”