Amateur boxer Jordan Cameron is one bout away from being recognised as the best Junior boxer in the Midlands.
The 16-year-old, who represents Kirkby Amateur Boxing Club, has secured his place in the Junior Amateur Boxing Association 63kg final after negotiating his way past a tough opponent in an incredible bout at the Willenhall Social Club in Coventry last weekend.
Being five points behind to local favourite Alex Norris after the first round, Jordan had to alter his tactics and after a huge effort in the second he managed to reverse the score. Then in a grandstand finish Jordan stood toe-to-toe with his challenger and matched punch for punch until the final bell.
A three round points tally was announced as 28-27 in favour of the Kirkby ABC boxer.
Club coach Richard Wheldon conceded before the bout that he believed it to be an ‘extremely tough’ draw after Jordan was paired with a competitor from Willenhall ABC, a well-established West Midland’s boxing club that has a reputation for producing amateur boxing stars.
But he said he was absolutely delighted with Jordan’s performance.
Said Richard: “The result just shows how many punches were thrown and how many were landed in the fight. It was by far the highest scoring bout on the night.
“At the end I thought Jordan had won it because he’d landed with the harder, cleaner shots. And with it being the championships a computer scoring system is used and only single, clear punches score.
“But Jordan’s performance was unbelievable. It was a massive win because on paper the other lad was a different class.”
Manor School pupil Jordan is already back in the gym preparing for the final on 14th April.
Should he win the bout in Scunthorpe Jordan will secure a Midlands vest and be acknowledged as the best boxer, at his age and weight, in the region.
Jordan said: “I really enjoyed the fight. My opponent had been in 13 fights and won 11 which is more than I’d had. At the time I wasn’t sure if I’d won or not- but I can’t wait for the final now.”
Any youngsters, aged from 10 years, from the Kings Cross area in Kirkby who are interested in learning to box are invited to go along to the gym at Station Yard on Church Hill. The ABC is looking to establish a Junior squad for future seasons. Richard can be contacted on 07968 369342.