Bash brothers cut a dash in championships

Mark and Jamie Chamberlain
Mark and Jamie Chamberlain
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TEAM WISEMAN’s boxing brothers are on the charge in the National Amateur Boxing Championships.

Jamie and Mark Chamberlain got their campaigns off to impressive starts in Gosport.

All of our boys are championship boxers.

Daron Wiseman

Both were winners in the Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxon round of the national competition.

And hopes are high they can go a long way in this year’s event, after laying down decent markers.

Mark’s pedigree has been seen by him collecting a national title at the England Boxing Junior & Cadet Championships earlier this year.

Now he’s out for more of the same, and showcased his fast-improving power against Heart of Portsmouth’s Billy Cable.

Chamberlain produced an eye-catching first-round stoppage to progress at 60kg.

The 16-year-old has been working on his body punching and that’s what brought the contest to a close against a brave opponent.

His coach, Daron Wiseman, explained the work in the gym is paying off for his charge.

And he reserved praise for the manner in which he executed the game plan to the letter.

Wiseman said: ‘Mark kicked off the show and the way in which he won stood out.

‘They’ve met before and the way in which Billy came out last year meant we were not taking it lightly.

‘He’s a good boxer, so Mark knew he had to train hard for the contest.

‘Mark is known for his powerful backhand but we worked on body shots for this one, and he was told not to look for the head.

‘He did that from the off and he put down Billy at the end of round.

‘That led to the bout being stopped as the towel came in.

‘We’ve been working on strength for two months and Mark is filling out now and looking physically stronger.

‘We think that Mark can go a long way if he keeps working and boxes to his ability.’

Brother Jamie also shone as he ended the unbeaten record of Tadley’s Keegan Logan.

Team Wiseman did their homework on his opponent and then devised a manner of getting the win.

Again, it was delivered perfectly as Jamie got the points win in an entertaining battle.

Wiseman said: ‘Jamie won unanimously and put every round in the bag.

‘That was against an unbeaten boxer so that shows it was a good performance.

‘We looked him up and found out bits and pieces about how he boxed.

‘It was good bout and both of the boys played their part in that.’

Now the pair will look to continue their charge as they box again in Bristol on Saturday against Cornwall, Wiltshire, Devon and Dorset.

Team Wiseman’s Ainsley Hughes will enter the competition at this stage, with the 16-year-old weighing in at over 54kg last weekend,

Hughes has already been busy after making the final of the England Boxing Junior Development Championships this season.

Wiseman said: ‘It’s been a brilliant start to the championships and we’ve raised the bar.

‘All of our boys are championship boxers.’