Boxing: Knock-out duo claim Midlands titles
MITCHELL Roberts and Stuart Blair are through to the CYP national quarter-finals after becoming Midlands champions.
The pair, who both box for Kidsgrove-based Tom Lowe ABC, dominated the opposition to add the Midlands belts to their Staffordshire titles.
Roberts, aged 16, from Fegg Hayes, beat Warwickshire fighter Macauley Edwards from Bulkington ABC in the Midlands semi-finals.
He was due to compete in the final this weekend, but his opponent has pulled out, leaving 68kg ace Roberts as the champion.
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Roberts fights in the national quarter-finals in Portsmouth on November 10.
And a big incentive to progress is the fact the CYP national finals will be held at the King's Hall in Stoke on December 6.
But whatever happens, trainer Tom Lowe is confident his young prospect has a bright future.
He said: "Mitchell is a strong lad with lots of ability. In fact he's one of the best I have seen.
"As long as he keeps training and keeps focused on boxing then I think he will be one of the top amateur boxers around.
"He will definitely box for England and I think he can be good enough to eventually turn professional and make a good living from the sport."
Roberts's stable-mate, light-middleweight Stuart Blair, also impressed to win a Midlands title.
He was always in command after catching his opponent from Nottingham and opening up a cut under his eye.
His performance bodes well for his national quarter-final in Birmingham on Saturday.
Lowe believes 29-year-old Blair, from Kidsgrove, also has a bright future.
He added: "Stuart is a very strong boxer. He loves training and is a very fit lad.
"I believe he could turn professional at the end of this season if he wanted to. That's something he has to think about now."
Roberts and Blair will both be on the bill when the Tom Lowe Boxing Club stage a show at Goldenhill WMC on November 20 (7.30pm).
There will be 16 bouts as Lowe showcases the best of his senior fighters and promising juniors.
For further details, contact Tom Lowe on 07713 637409
NATHAN Heaney , left, showed his exciting potential as he out-boxed Michael Pardoe in Birmingham.
The 23-year-old Heaney, from Fenton, was competing for the Stoke Staffs YMCA Boxing Club.
He faced a tough task against Pardoe, the experienced former national champion from Droitwich ABC.
However, 67kg ace Heaney demonstrated some impressive hand-speed as Pardoe struggled to deal with the flurries of punches.
Brian Stokes and Kristian Parsons also recorded impressive wins to complete an excellent evening for the Stoke Staffs club.