Date set for gum shield boxer’s rematch

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YOUNG Portsmouth boxer Ashley Devenport will compete for a national schoolboy title next month.

He will compete for the ABA Schoolboy Championship title against Mark Jefferies at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on April 13.

The 13-year-old was controversially disqualified ahead of the previously scheduled bout in February – because the referee thought he was wearing a red gumshield.

Red gum shields are outlawed by boxing authorities in case it obscures the sight of blood.

His camp – the Ted Harris Boxing Academy – was outraged by the decision, insisting the shield was orange.

The gum shield had been passed twice by a doctor shortly before the encounter.

The decision led to an official complaint being lodged with the boxing board.

Ken Charman, honorary secretary of the Isle of Wight ABA, said the winner of the rematch could earn a place in the England team to compete in a tri-nations tournament.