Box clever brothers bid for national titles
TWO boxing-mad brothers are gearing up for an explosive weekend of action, when they both take to the ring this Sunday in their quest to become ABA champions.
John-James Smith, 15, and his younger brother George, 12, have both reached the final of the Yorkshire stages after convincing victories in their recent semi-finals.
John-James faces Hull’s Danny Christie looking to maintain his 100 per cent record while George takes on Barnsley’s Adam Iqbal.
Both bouts will take part in Wakefield this weekend as part of the Yorkshire Finals stage.
The fighters, who train at Mickey’s Gym in Selby, head to West Yorkshire looking to continue their good form in the tournament this year.
Should either of the pair win, then they will head to the national quarter-finals which are also in Wakefield, where they will represent their county.
Class 3 (u48kg) fighter John-James extended his unbeaten record when he edged out an opponent with double the experience, and his trainer Mickey Bradshaw says that the youngster has real potential.
He said: “John-James is a special kid. He’s confident and he takes in all the advice we give him.
“George (pictured right) is just the same but obviously a few years younger.
“They’re both good kids and they listen to what we tell them, which is the only way you can progress.”
Should the brothers win their respective bouts, then they will join fellow stable mates Nathan Clarkson and Max Millward.
Nathan, a 13-year old class 2 (u63kg) fighter, won his bout to ensure he was crowned Yorkshire champion for the second year running.
Max, a 14-year old class 3 brawler, also won his bout to book his place in Wakefield for February 10, when the national quarters are scheduled to take place.
The duo will now hope to be joined in the national quarters by the Smith siblings as the gym looks to take four fighters a step closer to national recognition.
Meanwhile, the gym recently celebrated its newest fighter in the form of 11-year old Lennox Tyers.
The latest youngster to roll off the conveyor belt of talent at the gym made his bow in a show at Nottingham recently, and the debutant could not have asked for a better start as he stopped his opponent in the third round.
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