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Leamington's Mario Pinwoer wins Midland title

Steve Carpenter 5th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

LEAMINGTON’s Mario Pinwoer made it three wins out of three to be crowned the new ABA Midland Heavyweight champion.

The 23-year-old, who trains at Royal Leamington Spa ABC, had won the Warwickshire crown after getting the better of fellow Leamington fighter Ben Castle last month.

But now Pinwoer has gone one better by firstly beating Jay Thomas in the semi-final before winning again, this time coming out on top against Aston’s J Dempsey in Sunday’s final by a unanimous decision in Donnington.

“Mario seems to be getting better with each fight and in the final he was able to control everything from the centre of the ring,” said Ollie O’Neill, head coach at Royal Leamington Spa ABC.

“In the semi-final he started slow and we thought he lost the second round but Mario went on to destroy his opponent in the third.

“He produced his best performance in the final when it mattered and he continues to go from strength to strength.

“He’s very strong and although he perhaps doesn’t throw enough punches, his opponents know about it when he does.”

Pinwoer will now be heading to Liverpool for the next stage of the Novice Championships and he is now only three fights away from the national final.

Coach O’Neill added: “We’ve got to take it one fight at a time. He’s strong and still learning but he needs a little bit of luck along the way.

“He’s won the Midlands title which is the main thing so anything else is a bonus.”