England calling for duo after national victories

Mark Chamberlain, centre, with his coach Daron Wiseman
Mark Chamberlain, centre, with his coach Daron Wiseman
  • Double win for communities’ clubs in national final
  • Pair expecting England call-ups
  • Chamberlain targets European Championships
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MARK CHAMBERLAIN has been crowned national champion at the third attempt.

And Team Wiseman’s rising star has been joined by Gosport’s Amy Cooper as a winner at the England Boxing Junior & Cadet Championship finals.

We’d love to go for the European Championships

Daron Wiseman

Now the call is set to arrive from England for the pair after delivering glory on the big stage in Sheffield.

Chamberlain triumphed with two wins in succession under the competition’s new two-day finals format.

A testing first success over Sefton’s Judd Cameron at 54kg on Saturday was then followed up with an exciting win over Stags BA’s Nico Leivers the following day.

The 16-year-old had to dig deep to defeat Cameron on points, as he went up against a much taller opponent.

Leivers, who has collected previous national honours, presented a different set of problems in the final.

Chamberlain had to deal with his opponent’s come-forward approach and strength but used his ringcraft and skill to deliver another points win.

That makes him the first national champion to emerge from Wecock’s Team Wiseman stable.

It’s a coup for the fast-emerging club, who still incredibly do not have a permanent base to train.

And coach Daron Wiseman believes this can be the start of further big things for the talent.

Wiseman said: ‘It was a brilliant weekend.

‘Mark has worked so hard for this – he really deserved it.

‘It was third time lucky for him. He had good support from people travelling up.

‘The first bout was the harder one in many ways.

‘It was a real, tricky one because he was a tall, long-range boy.

‘Mark had to slip inside him and cut the ring off.

‘He was a good opponent and champion to face.

‘The final was against a national champion from previous years.

‘He was real strong. Mark is strong in his division but he overpowered him coming forward.

‘So Mark had to stick to his boxing and show his technical skills.

‘The first two rounds were close but he used his feints in the third and outboxed him.

‘It was all on that final round – that’s when he won it.

‘He’s a quiet lad but he is quietly confident and quite a deep character.

‘Mark is at the top of the game and will now box for England at the Three Nations’ Championship.

‘We’d love to go for the European Championships. That’s the aim.

‘I think Mark is capable of it. Now is the time for him.’

Cooper, 14, delivered in explosive style as she took just one minute to stop Swale Gloves’ Georgia Donoghue at 66kg in the cadet class.

Gosport coach Darren Blair said: ‘It’s three wins and three TKOs for her.

‘Amy was a bit nervous because she knew they (national selectors) were there watching her.

‘But she produced and looked the part. She is a strong girl.

‘She’s impressing the England staff and will hopefully get a call-up in the next couple of months.

‘It’s great for our club that we’ve had three female national champions now.

‘She listens and she delivers. You can’t knock how she wants to learn.

‘Amy has proved what she can do 
– and now there has to be a call-up for her.’