MARIO Pinwoer is preparing for his biggest test yet after making it through to the quarter-final of the Novice Championships.
The 23-year-old, who trains at Royal Leamington Spa ABC, won the ABA Midland Heavyweight title last week and he took one step closer to national glory after getting the better of fellow Polish fighter Damian Ballas in Liverpool on Saturday.
In this pre-quarter-final match-up, it was Ballas who made a bright start in the opening round, striking the Leamington boxer early on but Pinwoer reacted well to take the opening round.
In the second round Ballas was given a standing count but he survived to a third where Pinwoer showed his quality to win by a unanimous decision.
“He was a strong opponent but after taking that first big punch Mario was always on top and deserved the win,” said Ollie O’Neill, head coach at Royal Leamington Spa ABC.
“Mario is improving with every fight and we’ll just continue to take it one fight at a time.”
Up next for Pinwoer is a quarter-final clash with Chesterfield ABC’s Liam Carling in Scunthorpe this Sunday.
O’Neill added: “The lad has had ten fights and only lost one so it’s going to be a difficult one but you can only fight what’s in front of you. It will certainly be Mario’s hardest fight.”
*Also fighting in Liverpool was Clearys ABC boxer Michael Jephcott who beat Salisbury’s Curtis Wiggins to progress into this Sunday’s quarter-final
It proved to be a difficult contest for Jephcott but his work rate and fitness gave him the edge and he will also be making the trip to Scunthorpe.