City schoolboy Zayn Shirazi punched his way to a British title at the weekend.
The 14 year-old Ken Stimpson School pupil from Werrington had qualified for the ABA Novice Championship finals on the Isle of Sheppey and he won the Under 63kg crown in some style.
He came up against England international James Hawley from the Keddle’s Boxing Club in Orpington and the two of them produced an absolute cracker of a bout.
Hawley came out with all guns blazing in the first round but was soon slowed down with a flurry of accurate shots from Shirazi.
The Stamford Amateur Boxing Club member was doing well but a big punch on the nose from Hawley had him bleeding heavily and the referee stopped the contest to clean him up and check the injury.
He was given the all-clear to box on and proceeded to dominate the rest of the round.
Shirazi really came on strong in the second and his pace and power and southpaw stance was starting to trouble the Kent lad.
The third round continued in a similar vein with Shirazi picking up points with well timed combinations.
Hawley, as you’d expect from an international fighter, never stopped coming forward and flicked a few jabs in the direction of Shirazi’s bleeding nose.
Twice more the fight was stopped for the doctor to examine Shirazi, who insisted “It doesn’t hurt”, and he was allowed to continue.
It was blow for blow in the last 30 seconds of a bloody war and Shirazi was awarded the title on a unanimous points decision.
An appreciative audience gave both boxers plenty of applause.
Shirazi, who is coached by Craig Brewin at the Stamford club, has been boxing for two years and has won 12 of his 14 fights.
He trains six days a week and runs every day before school.
He is sponsored by CBS Powertoools, Resource Engineerig Supplies, Jilands Landscaping and Juice.