Sid gets off to impressive start

Sid Williams

Sid Williams

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SID WILLIAMS got his England Boxing Youth Championships campaign off to a stoppage start.

Moneyfields’ England international impressed at the Southern Counties stage of the competition, as he proved too good for Brighton & Hove ABC’s Charlie Wilson.

The 56kg battle saw Williams give his opponent a standing count in the first with a powerful left hook.

The onslaught from the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championship competitor continued in the second.

That led to another standing count after unloading a heavy right hand.

Williams then secured the stoppage with a volley of head and body shots in the third, which forced the referee to step in.

The exciting talent was the only local winner from the action, which took place at Southern Counties level.

Heart of Portsmouth’s Tommy Johnson came up just short against old foe Jesse Jones at Woking ABC.

Johnson had a previous win against Jones on his record, but it was his opponent who came out on top this time at 75kg.

HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, said: ‘It was a close bout but Tommy was very honest and had no complaints.

‘The first round was close, the second he got on top and the third he felt he was trying too hard to stop him.

‘But he has a lot of potential and a lot to look forward to.’

There was also defeat for City of Portsmouth’s Alex Miller in his meeting with St Mary’s Lee Mills at 60kg.

In Class B, there were walkovers for Golden Ring’s Jack Stringer (75kg) and HOP’s Ben Bendle (81kg).

Meanwhile, Bendle and HOP club-mate Ebonie Jones have both been invited to receive their England vests this weekend after international involvement for their country.

That’s ahead of HOP hosting the semi-finals of the England Boxing Youth Championships at Charter Sports Centre on February 15.

HOP stage a club show at the same venue today, with a bumper bill of around 20 bouts lined up.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 under-16s. Boxing starts at 12.30pm.

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