Pritchard gunning for national crown

Josh Pritchard. Picture: Mick Young
Josh Pritchard. Picture: Mick Young
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Josh Pritchard tomorrow aims to signal Moneyfields’ rebirth and become a national champion.

England international Pritchard stands on the bring of glory as he goes into the CYP final at Elland Road in Leeds.

The 17-year-old meets Bridgewater’s Marc Leach in the Class B finale after cruising past Brompton’s Jack Budge with a 25-15 win at the Mountbatten Centre earlier this month.

Pritchard, below, knows he has to take his classy game to another level as he aims for a national crown in his fifth final.

His Salford rival goes into the meeting as a European gold medallist and multi-decorated national champion.

But Pritchard, who has received the support of the local community in his quest, is staying cool and believes he has put in the graft to give him a good chance of success.

He said: ‘I’m really pleased with how everything is going.

‘The training is hard but fun and we all encourage each other to train that bit harder at Moneyfields.

‘I’m in great shape and feel relaxed in the ring. I’m really pleased with what we are doing in the gym. I’ve had good support and would like to thank John Reilly and Eileen Ray for sponsoring me this season.

‘Now, I hope to go one step further than I have done before and win a national title.’

Victory for Pritchard would be a real feather in the cap for Moneyfields, who have undertaken a major overhaul in recent times.

His father, Aaron, and Lee Williams are now at the helm, as the outfit head into a new era.

The early signs are promising and a national champ for Moneys would provide a real fillip for the squad.

Pritchard’s father Aaron said: ‘Josh is very committed to his training and dedicated to this tough sport.

‘He is in great form this season. So far he has had four wins out of four contests, two of which were against lads he boxed and lost to last season.

‘I can’t wait for the final. Josh unfortunately went out in the quarter-finals of this competition last season.

‘However, this will be his fifth national final in the past four seasons and it will be another great experience for Josh.

‘I know if he performs to his best ability he could take the final right to the wire. It will be exciting, we can’t wait.

‘Myself and Lee Williams took over Moneyfields during August this year – and we have worked very hard in the gym.

‘All the boxers are put through their paces and are looking forward to the rest of the season.

‘We are a small club with big ambitions.’