THE LONG run in this year’s Novice Championships finally came to an end for Mariusz Piwowar after he was knocked out of competition at the semi-final stage in Doncaster.
The Royal Leamington Spa boxer did extremely well to make it down to the final four having previously beaten the likes of Liam Carling in Scunthorpe and fellow Polish fighter Damian Ballas in Liverpool.
Piwowar was just one fight away from the national final but Jerone Blake proved too strong and ended his run of six consecutive wins.
“Mariusz his the kid with everything but the kitchen sink but it wasn’t to be,” said Ollie O’Neill, head coach at Royal Leamington Spa ABC.
“There was nothing we could do. He was getting caught with the jab from the beginning but he’s done us proud.
“To have fought in six fights in the same number of weeks is some achievement. This time he was beaten by the better bloke and hopefully Jerone will go on and win it now.”
It was not all bad news for Royal Leamington Spa ABC after Jade Yeomans beat Michelle Buckley to book her place in Saturday’s 69kg final.
Yeomans was a beaten finalist last year and the 24-year-old will be hoping to go one better this time around when she comes up against Lucy Kisielewska.
“We’ve kept quiet about Jade because she’s been struggling with a knee injury this year,” coach O’Neill added.
“I don’t think shes’ going to let the occasion get to her. She deserves to be in the final and she deserves to win it too.”