Starlet shines with Southern Counties win

Joseph Butler, right.
Joseph Butler, right.
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JOSEPH BUTLER has continued his march in the England Boxing Junior Championships in emphatic style.

Butler was crowned Southern Counties champion with a unanimous win over Kemsing’s Archie Bye at 48kg.

The Moneyfields talent was always in control and gave Bye a standing count on the way to the points verdict.

The 15-year-old earned the praise of his coach, Colin Hooker, for the composed manner of his performance.

Hooker said: ‘It was quite comfortable for Joseph.

‘He got the standing count in the second and was all over him in the third.

‘Archie did well to hang in there and was a game kid.

‘It was a mature performance and, if he’d put his foot on the gas, he could have maybe got a stoppage.

‘He didn’t rush in, though, and he was happy with how he boxed.

‘In fact, we were all happy with him – that’s three wins on the bounce now.’

Butler has enjoyed a flying return to the ring after an extended period out with injury.

He delivered a semi-final run to the Schools’ Championship before a hand problem kept him out for a year.

Now, he has momentum in the championships as he waits to see who he meets in the next round as London and the eastern counties clash in the pre-quarter-finals.

Butler’s form so far augurs well moving forward but the standard will undoubtedly move up in the final stages of the event.

Hooker explained the plan is for his charge to stay busy in the gym with sparring also planned.

He is confident he will be prepared for what lies ahead next.

Hooker said: ‘The standard is always going to go up in the final stages.

‘You may get lucky sometimes but it is going to be tougher.

‘There are good lads to go up against and 48kg is a strong weight.

‘Joseph has sparred with the toughest boys at his weight so he knows what to expect.

‘We’ll do some gym work now and go out and get some good sparring.

‘We’ll do our homework and make sure we’re ready.’