CLEARY’S Aman Kumar has become the fastest boxer in the gym’s history to receive the call-up to represent England, after just eight fights in his early career.
He fought his way to the final of the National Schools Championships at the weekend, where he was ousted by highly rated boxer Ellis Panter, but can have no shame in losing to the pre-tournament favourite.
He defeated England boxer James Ward by an unanimous decision in the semi-final, blowing away his opponent with an aggressive style of boxing.
A thrilling final went the way of Panter on points, but the performance of the Leamington boxer did not go unnoticed by the crowd of England coaches watching on – who argued that Kumar had perhaps edged the fight, and was worthy of the win based on his performance.
Despite defeat, he now looks ahead to the GB Three Nations Championships in June where he will face off against the best Scottish and Welsh talent.
Meanwhile, Lewis Williams has missed out on a Team GB place at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus next month.
With only one boxer from each weight class being selected, Cheavon Clarke from Gravesham ABC received the call-up for the 91kg weight class.
But Williams will undoubtedly take great heart from his recent invitation to Anthony Joshua’s training camp in Miami, where he surrounded himself with the best of the best in the heavyweight division.
He now looks forward to a rigorous training camp in Kazakhstan, before amping up his preprations for Olympic qualification later this year.