LIAM WISEMAN has promised to come back stronger after going through the pain barrier at the England Boxing Schoolboy Championships.
Team Wiseman’s brave talent overcame a broken nose to take on Repton’s Joseph King at Charter Academy on Saturday.
I’ll come back stronger and hopefully next year will be my year.Liam Wiseman
The injury, picked up in sparring, hampered the 12-year-old’s preparation for action against a strong opponent.
Wiseman stepped into action, however, and gave a good account of himself – coming on strong late in the contest. King took the unanimous verdict at 44.5kg, though, against the Minor Championships finalist.
Wiseman knew where he went wrong in the contest and has vowed he will learn from the experience moving forward.
He said: ‘I’ve been doing a lot of running but couldn’t risk sparring because of my nose.
‘He was a good kid and I’ve learnt a lot from it.
‘I’ve been practising on my range with the problem with my nose.
‘I’m a skilful long-range boxer, but I didn’t fight the right fight this time.
‘Maybe that was because I couldn’t do all of the training I wanted. I needed to move my feet and throw fast punches.
‘That didn’t happen enough, but he was a good opponent as well.
‘I knew that if I did get hit on the nose there could be a problem.
‘I’ll come back stronger though, and hopefully next year will be my year.
‘I got to the Minors final last year and I felt like I got robbed on a split decision then on the other boy’s home show.
‘But I’ve got to the quarter-finals this year which is pretty good going.
‘I know I can box at a high level and will come back and prove that.’
Wiseman’s stablemate, Tyler Hallawell, also went down to a loss against Repton’s George Mitchell a at 41.5kg.
Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) Harry Brown also had a brave defeat against Repton’s Dean Tierney at 40kg.
HOP pair Ollie Fenton an Sonny Driscoll are through to this weekend’s semi-finals after wins. HOP’s Paris William gained a walkover.