JACK FENTON’s season of emergence has been hailed after he went down to a narrow England Boxing Junior Championship final loss.
Fenton was edged over three rounds by Kings Heath’s Tri-Nations winner Ben Vaughan in London.
The 15-year-old pushed his decorated rival all the way after defeating a former champion en-route to the final.
HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, was full of praise for Fenton’s 54kg performance in class A.
Shillingford said: ‘Jack did himself proud. He boxed out of his skin.
‘We’ve had a lot of boxers move on quickly this season, and Jack is definitely one of them.
‘I thought he won the first round, but his opponent came back and showed his experience in the third.
‘I would have liked him to win, but the fact he gave his all and performed so well is pleasing.
‘He will learn from the experience and come back better for it. He rose to the occasion and has shown he is a national-level performer.’
There was more joy for Ebonie Jones as she picked up international victory as England captain.
Jones went up two weight divisions for her country and boxed at 53.5kg in France.
But that didn’t stop her recording a points win as she gears up for the European Championships next month.
Jones was one of two winners for England as they went down to a 5-2 loss.
The Charter Academy student will now continue her preparations for the competition which begins in Italy on July 19.
Shillingford said: ‘Ebonie was very proud to captain her country and win.
‘The fact she was stepping up two weight classes was recognised by the coaches.
‘Despite doing that and being against someone who was taller and had a longer reach, she dominated from the off.
‘The England coaches felt she was on a different level to her opponent. Her skills and fitness were the things which made a difference.
‘It was a perfect way to get ready for the European Championships.’