Jack’s the lad as he storms to national title

Jack Stringer in training
Jack Stringer in training
Dave Birmingham. Picture: Neil Marshall

Birmingham wins Irish friends as he eyes future title

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Jack Stringer announced himself as Portsmouth’s next big boxing hope with a sensational Junior ABA final victory.

North End’s outstanding young talent proved what a bright future he has as he crushed European Schoolboy champion Patrick McCann in Yorkshire to become national champion.

And now the 16-year-old star is targeting future Olympic success after a glorious 25-19 win in the prestigious competition.

Stringer was too hot for his highly-regarded Kettering rival.

He delivered a display of controlled pressure that McCann couldn’t live with.

It meant he inflicted just a second defeat on his rival in 34 contests.

The sky’s the limit now for the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School pupil after he underlined what quality he possesses on the big stage.

The title win means Stringer will receive an England call-up to attend a training camp in Sheffield.

And then international duty is on the horizon against Ireland in the Three Nations competition.

Stringer believes the success is the result of the hard work he has put in to his preparations.

He promised that will continue as he aims for a big future.

Stringer said: ‘I’m really happy to have done it.

‘He was strong – very strong – but I started well and got better as the bout went on.

‘I thought I could beat him because I’m developing all the time and getting better as I get older.

‘It was great to do it for my grandad, who trains me, and all the other people who have helped me.

‘It shows that all the hard work is worth it.

‘It’s great to do it for Portsmouth, as well.

‘Now I would like to box in the Olympics.

‘It’s a long way off and I have a lot to learn still – but that is what I’m aiming for.’

Former Stacey boxer Stringer has worked under the dual guidance of grandad Ron Chandler and respected Golden Ring coach Stuart Gill after making the move to his club.

That has paid off in emphatic style with his latest success.

Chandler spoke of his pride at not only Stringer’s performance but the respectful manner in which he is developing as a person.

He said: ‘We haven’t really come back down to earth since the win.

‘Jack came to me when he was six and said he wanted to box.

‘I wondered if it would be a flash in the pan but he has kept on with it and kept working.

‘Jack has really buckled down with the training and he has changed his eating habits. Now he’s got his reward.

‘He’s a great boy. He is very polite and has a brilliant attitude to boxing.

‘If he ever loses and it’s controversial, he shrugs it off and says he is going to try harder.

‘He’s a Portsmouth lad through and through.

‘He’s had knocks in the past but now has a lot to look forward to.

‘I’m hoping he could turn professional one day.

‘It would be brilliant to see him at the next Olympics as well.

‘That’s a long way off – but he can do it.’