Fenton’s got the Heart to make final

eart of Portsmouth's Jack Fenton, right, beats Bobby Cole at the England Boxing Junior Championships at Gosport ABC last month
eart of Portsmouth's Jack Fenton, right, beats Bobby Cole at the England Boxing Junior Championships at Gosport ABC last month
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JACK FENTON’s resolve has been hailed after making it to the England Boxing Junior Championship final.

The Heart of Portsmouth talent stormed to success for his club on a day to savour in Kent.

Fenton overcame Sudbury’s Ryan Sumner in class A of the competition with a majority verdict.

That ensures the 54kg boxer will take on King Heath’s Ben Vaughan for the national title in London next weekend.

Fenton’s success underlines his determination and progress he has made after a tough start to his amateur career.

The 15-year-old lost his first six bouts in a string of narrow defeats.

But the St Edmunds School pupil’s efforts to improve have now been emphatically rewarded.

HOP coach Q Shillingford praised his success and improvements this season.

‘Getting to the final is great for Jack,’ said Shillingford.

‘It’s a nice success and he is really happy.

‘What he has shown this season is that he has moved up to the next level.

‘He has gone through the Boxing Awards programme and now he is in with the big guns.

‘It is the first time he will experience a finals of a championship.

‘But he has worked hard and stayed focused to get there.

‘It was a tough contest for him against Sumner, but he listened to instruction and worked really hard.

‘We know what to expect now in the final.

‘We will prepare well. It’s another success story for the club.’

Fenton’s team-mate, Walid Adenas, came up just short in his semi-final clash against Bromley’s Fred Secular at 66kg in class B.

Secular took a split-decision verdict in a bout which could have gone either way.

And it was a similar story for Moneyfields pair Joe Butler and Owen Hooper.

Hooper was defeated on a unanimous decision by Billericay’s Joe Giles at 75kg in class B.

And there was a unanimous points loss for Joe Butler against Hooks ABC’s Edward Barrett.

Both boxers gave away height to their opponents which proved a telling factor in their contests.

But they could be pleased with their showings against their London rivals in national semi-finals.

Moneyfields coach Aaron Pritchard was pleased with what he saw from them.

He said: ‘Both boxers boxed well and we were happy with them.

‘Joe’s opponent was quite a bit taller and that height advantage was significant in the bout.

‘He finished his contest really well and could be pleased with the way he got into the fight.

‘He’s beaten good boys to get to this round.

‘Owen was giving quite a bit of height away but gave a good account of himself.

‘He has had two bouts in the last 15 or 16 months, so he’s done unbelievably well.

‘They shouldn’t be disappointed because they performed well – like all the southern counties boxers.

‘The club has done well this season and been in the latter stages of all the championships we’ve been in.’