Pugilistic pair chase glory

Team Wiseman's Mark Chamberlain

Team Wiseman's Mark Chamberlain

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MARK CHAMBERLAIN is ready to deliver at the England Boxing Junior Championships.

And he is joined by Gosport’s Amy Cooper, who is bidding for success in the cadet section of the competition in Sheffield this weekend.

He’s trained so hard and deserves this. He’s put in 100 per cent effort

Daron Wiseman

Chamberlain triumphed over John Hanrahan to book his spot in the final weekend of action.

The 54kg entry took a points success over his rival from the powerhouse Repton club to advance.

That assured him a spot in a pool of four boxers for the two-day finals weekend at Ponds Forge.

Chamberlain is joined by Bletchley’s Owen Gidman, Stags BA’s Nico Leivers and Sefton’s Judd Cameron in his group.

The 16-year-old will be looking to deliver after suffering previous frustrations at the final stage.

Coach Daron Wiseman explained no stone has been left unturned in Chamberlain’s preparations.

And he is confident the youngster has what it takes to lift the title.

Wiseman said: ‘We’re ready and have done everything we can.

‘We’ve been training before work at 6am and after work at 6pm every day this week.

‘We’re really looking forward to it and haven’t missed a thing.

‘That was the case in the last couple of years, too, though.

‘We keep getting to these finals but it’s just winning it. It’s tough at the top.

‘There was the year when we clearly thought we won and it went the other way. We just want an honest decision.

‘Mark’s trained so hard and deserves this. He’s put in 100-per-cent effort.

‘We’ve been to every gym possible for sparring. He’s done really well with everyone he sparred.

‘We were the only one to beat Repton on the day.

‘It’s the second time we’ve done it.

‘Before he won on strength but this time it was a bit more technical.’

Wiseman knows Chamberlain has a sizeable task ahead of him, but is convinced his charge has put in the work needed to make an impression.

He said: ‘There are four boys in the category.

‘They are top kids, but we’re ready. ‘I think Mark has a great chance.

‘We’ve had all eight coaches working with him, and working him non stop.

‘We’ve all put our work in with him and now, hopefully, he comes through with flying colours.’

Cooper will be out to join Chamberlain as a national champion at 66kg.

Her past two contests have seen her pick up wins in the first round – and now the 14-year-old is out for more of the same against Swale Gloves’ Georgia Donoghue.

And Gosport coach Amanda Holloway believes the Bridgemary School student will be ready to deliver.

Holloway said: ‘Amy’s looking on form to take on her opponent.’

The other local boxers’ bid to make the last stage last weekend came up short.

Among them was Moneyfields’ Joe Butler, who lost to Hornchurch & Elm Park’s David Joyce at 48kg.

Butler showed impressive form in his run to the quarter-final stage.

Moneys coach Colin Hooker said: ‘Joe wasn’t quite at his best. He was a little bit under the weather afterwards.

‘He’s had a good run, though, and will come back stronger.’

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