20th Aug, 2019

Kumar bids to make National Schools final; while Williams sweats it out with Anthony Joshua in Miami

Ben Tyler 16th May, 2019

CLEARY’S Boxing Gym have had quite the week – after budding boxer Aman Kumar reached the National Schools Championships semi-finals, whilst over four thousand miles away in Miami, Lewis Williams was busy sparring with Anthony Joshua.

Kumar, a student at Campion School, is standing in line to become the next promising talent to emerge from Cleary’s gym, and at just the age of 13 has put himself in with a chance of lifting a significant accolade at an early stage of his career.

He cruised past Doncaster boxer Archie Jones on Sunday in Bridlington in the quarter-finals with an unanimous points decision, and now awaits Wednesday’s draw to find out his opponent in the last four.

His first ever appearance in a semi-final will not phase Kumar, despite only having fought a handful of opponents so far.

But he has been received plenty of admiration from trainer Edwin Cleary – who believes Kumar has advanced to this stage quicker than Team GB boxer Williams did.

In his bout with Jones, he dominated from the start, with his opponent struggling to lay a fist on Kumar – who worked his way around the ring with ease and made use of his jab effectively.

He enacted his dominance throughout the second and third rounds to win the fight by the judges ruling, and now looks forward to stepping out at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley for his bid to reach the final.

Meanwhile over in Miami, Williams was requested by the world heavyweight champion Joshua to be in and around his training camp – ahead of his upcoming fight with Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.

It provides Williams with the perfect preparation for Olympic qualifying later this year, and was boosted by the words of GB head coach Rob McCracken – who stated that he would be disappointed if he didn’t qualify for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Williams has a couple of busy months ahead, with a training camp in Kazakhstan – described by coaches as intense and brutal – scheduled following his time in Miami.

He then targets success at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus next month, where he could make a real statement of intent for his chances of making it to the Olympic squad, before pushing to appear at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Russia in September.

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