Kerrison’s on the verge of clinching national success

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Joe Kerrison is on the verge of clinching national schoolboy boxing glory after securing his place in the championship finals.

The Mendham-based ace, who represents Lowestoft Amateur Boxing Club sealed his place in the semi-finals at the Bristol Sports Academy on Sunday after coming through a tough quarter-final bout with Hoddston’s Sam King.

In the final four, Kerrison again showed his burgeoning potential with a disciplined display against Billy Welsh from Bodyshots ABC.

Welsh came to this semi-final full of confidence after stopping his last opponent; but in the Lowestoft boxer he found himself against a strong skilful fighter who had no qualms about going toe to toe if needed.

In the first round both boxers went straight to work using their left jabs, before combinations started flowing from head to body as they moved around the ring with Kerrison more accurate.

At the start of the second round the Londoner came out with renewed vigour but soon found kerrison more than happy to trade combinations, switching from body to head as he again appeared to gain the upper hand with a flurry of combination punches.

The final session saw Welsh come out throwing everything he had but the Suffolk-based ace kept his punchers sharp and precise scoring with lefts and rights as he neatly side stepped his opponent.

At as the bell rang at the end of the final round it was Kerrison who was awarded the fight with a unanimous points decision from the judges, which sees him take his place in the England National Schools Championship Finals.