Sid Williams is determined to raise his game once more as he steps into the ring for the JABA National Championship southern semi-finals this weekend.
The Moneyfields fighter – boxing at class four, 52kg – showcased his potential as he dominated Dagenham’s Connor McNicholas in the quarter-finals in London.
And coach Aaron Pritchard is confident the hard work in the gym is beginning to pay off for his man.
‘Sid has stepped it up to another level,’ he said.
‘He boxed beautifully. He looked composed and very comfortable in there.
‘He boxed a similarly experienced lad but they looked miles apart.
‘Sid is big and strong for the weight and is totally focused.
‘He’s doing all the hard work in the gym and is ticking all the boxes.
‘There have been no shortcuts.’
Williams was quicker and stronger than his opponent from the first bell.
Nicknamed The Kid, the south coast fighter delivered a fine display off the back foot – picking off his rival at will.
Meanwhile, his Moneyfields club-mate Ben Iles was unlucky as he went down to a narrow decision against St Pancras ABC challenger Danny Arnold.
But Pritchard insists Iles has plenty to smile about.
He said: ‘I am very proud of both boxers. Ben has done fantastically well. He had not boxed since November last year but performed very well against a top lad.
‘We were gutted for him, as we really thought we had it when the final bell went. He will come back stronger, though.
‘Both lads did themselves and Moneyfields ABC proud.’
Bradley Davies also boxed last weekend – representing Southern Counties against the East Midlands.
And he celebrated his debut for the squad with a fine victory.