A YOUNG boxer has defied the odds to bring a national boxing title back to the Mansfield area for the first time in more than 20 years.
Fifteen-year-old Karl Chiverton, of Mansfield Amateur Boxing Club, won the National Association of Clubs for Young People (NACYP) title at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool last week.
The competition, formerly known as the Boy s Clubs title, is one of the most prestigious in amateur boxing and is one of three that young boxers aim to win each year.
Karl, of Padley Hill, will now attempt to capture the Schoolboy s Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) title early next year before bidding for Junior ABA honours in the spring.
But he has already been given international recognition for his win.
The All Saints RC School pupil is now basking in the success he achieved in Liverpool in only his eighth bout.
Welterweight Karl was matched in the final against the experienced London boxer Simon O Donnell from Dale Youth ABC a 'veteran of 32 fights who had represented England.
But the local boxer turned in a mature and seasoned performance to claim a 13-8 points win on the computerised scoring system.
"I thought I d got somebody else because there was a mix-up with the opponents," Karl explained.
"I just played to the scoring system which only scores punches where you can see the head being knocked back.
"In the last round I just made sure no clean punches landed and I kept my guard up. You haven t got a clue how the scoring is going when you re in there but my corner told me I d done enough to win it."
Karl s trainer Hector Muir, a former professional, said the result was a 'massive achievement for both boxer and Mansfield ABC which had only been running for around four years.
"That was only his eighth fight and he fought a lad who was a previous schoolboy champion and an England international," Hector said.
"He s achieved a lot in a very short space of time. We ve only been going as a club for the last three or four years and we ve already had Jonathan Whiteman in the semi-finals on two occasions.
"Karl is in a higher weight class than Jonathan where there are fewer opponents but the lads that are there are usually quite experienced most of them will have been boxing since they were 11 or 12."
Hector said Karl had been training for a year when a dental brace forced his boxing debut back for another 12 months.
But he has clearly benefited from his schooling in the gym and has proved his dedication to master the sport, training five times a week.
His achievements led to him being called-up to the England squad who he trained with at Crystal Palace at the weekend.
"Karl s fighting the top lads at his weight and age now," Hector added. "He did get a bit tired so we ll need to work on his stamina.
"In my opinion, if he beat this lad after just eight bouts he s still got a lot of improvement in him.
"His next ambition will be to become a schoolboy ABA champion."