Promising boxer Joe Kerrison continued his glittering form this year to clinch a 65kg gold medal at the Three Nations Championships.
Boxing for the England Schools Team, the Mendham-based national schoolboy champion, who boxes for Lowestoft Boxing Club, travelled to Swansea, Wales, to represent the nation against boxers from Scotland and Wales.
Reaching the final, 14-year-old Kerrison faced stiff competition from highly-fancied Welsh boxer Jim Janes.
However, from the opening round Kerrison was determined to stamp his authority on the bout — and he did just that by connecting with a flurry of hard and fast left jabs on his opponent, forcing him onto his back foot, before following that up with a solid left hook to the body.
The Welsh champion battled back into the fight with his own combinations, but Kerrison kept control of the round by keeping Jones on his back foot with long left and right jabs.
In the second round, Kerrison’s skilful boxing really came into play as he used his left leads to set up combinations to the head and body of Janes, who was finding it more and more difficult to keep the Lowestoft boxer at bay.
Throughout the onslaught Janes did his utmost to respond but the Suffolk boxer remained well in control to the bell.
In the final round Janes attempted to get in close to Kerrison, but despite opening up with combinations to his opponent’s body, Kerrison fought straight back, punishing Janes with sharp straight punches.
At the final bell the judges were in no doubt as Kerrison’s hand was raised with a well deserved unanimous decision to leave him with the gold medal and crowned champion.