Joe Kerrison and Connor Holloway will be aiming to produce knockout performances this weekend as they go for gold in their respective finals.
Stradbroke High School pupil Kerrison has gained international recognition after being selected as part of the England squad that will compete in the European Schoolboy Championships in Anapa, Russia, while Attleborough Boxing Club’s Holloway will be in action at the prestigious York Hall in Bethnal Green, in an Under-56kg Senior Novice Championships final bout.
For Mendham-based welterweight Kerrison, his inclusion in the squad as one of nine boxers is just reward after winning a National Schoolboy title in May and the youngster is no confident of a repeat outcome in his 65kg bout.
“I feel really confident and I just want to bring the gold medal home,” said Kerrison, who has also represented the nation in a Tri Nations series earlier this year.
The youngster has also got the full backing of his school with one of his teachers Andy Taylor, hailing Kerrison as an inspiration to others.
“Joe is an inspirational role model for other pupils and we are very proud of him,” he said.
“Not only for his boxing but his overall conduct, effort and commitment, we all wish him lots of luck in Anapa.”
Meanwhile, Attleborough ace Holloway will be aiming to replicate the form that has seen him reach the final stage as he looks to clinch more glory for his club following the success of Santiago Weaver, who was crowned under-75kg Junior Development Champion earlier this month.
The 20-year-old fought his way into silver medal position in the semi-finals of the competition in Watford last weekend with a devastating display.
From the moment the bell rang in the first round, Holloway out-powered and out-worked opponent Dan Almond from St Mary’s BC.
He continued out-working his opponent, landing shot after shot throughout the second and third rounds to clinch a unanimous points win and seal his place in tomorrow’s final showpiece.
Reflecting on his boxer’s chances of success Attleborough Boxing Club’s head coach Jon Dennis fully expects Holloway to return home with another gold medal for the club.
“Connor boxed exceptionally well in the semi-finals, he went out there and gave it his all,” he said.
“Adding a second national title win to the club’s arsenal this year will be a great boost for both him and the club,
“He is very strong at his weight and is very well placed to take the gold.”