AHMED ADENAS has completed his sensational rise to glory at the England Boxing Development Championships.
The gutsy Heart of Portsmouth has been crowned national champion – just three years after arriving in the country from war-torn Sudan.
Adenas fled the genocide taking place in the Darfur region of the country, and had never laced boxing gloves before landing on these shores.
But the 19-year-old has now charged to victory in the last round of competition in Tyne and Wear in an amazing tale.
Adenas’ desire proved too much for Olivers Boxing Gym’s Chris Brown, as he recorded a unanimous points verdict.
The match-up at 64kg in Class B saw Adenas on the offensive from the outset.
The HOP boxer delivered a full repertoire of shots to put Brown on the back foot.
And that saw him emerge the clear victor in an emotional moment for the fast-emerging talent.
HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, feels he has been given his reward for the determination he has shown.
He said: ‘Ahmed is a very positive young man.
‘He trains relentlessly and he deserves all that he gets.
‘He had to use all of his experience and fitness to overcome a strong and seasoned opponent.
‘The club is very proud of the way both Ahmed, and his brother Walid, have developed over the last three years.
‘He said he would not be defeated and was so determined.
‘He has so much pride in representing the club, Portsmouth, and the Sudanese community.
‘We are very proud of what he’s achieved and look forward to them developing even more.’
Gym 01’s Cain Bradley saw his brave bid to become national champion come up just short at the last stage of the competition.
Bradley suffered a shoulder injury in the second round of his contest against Stockport College’s Luke Connor at 56kg in Class A.
But he dug deep to make it through to the final bell, before seeing the points decision go the other way.
Bradley can be pleased with his fast-paced development, however.
Coach Wayne Kong-Gardiner has seen his talent blossom and feels he has a bright future to look forward to.
He said: ‘He has done so well over the past few weeks. We are immensely proud of what he has achieved.
‘He joined the club last year with two defeats from two bouts.
‘Now, a year on, he’s in a national final. There are big things for him to look forward to in the future.’