Historic treble for Sharpstyle boxers
Sharpstyle Amateur Boxing Club can claim a fantastic first after three of their fighters won national titles.
Frank Varey (national 37kg minors champion), Danny Robb (43kg class A schoolboy champion) and Jake Abrol (48kg class A schoolboy champion) all punched their way to glory in the finals at Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Northern champion Varey defeated southern champion Johnny Love (Holland Park).
The Blackpool boy dominated from the off with fast combinations and claimed a unanimous win in only his ninth fight.
Robb beat Silas Morris (Hooks Gym) despite losing the first round. He improved in the second and produced the goods in the last, forcing his rival on to the back foot with non-stop combinations.
Robb had his hand raised via a split-decision. His record now stands at 15 wins and four defeats.
Last up for Sharpstyle was England international Abrol, who inflicted a first defeat on John Cooper (Repton ABC).
Abrol’s three previous opponents –the Yorkshire, Merseyside and Midlands champions – all pulled out of fights against him.
Abrol made his intentions clear from the first bell. He moved to the centre of the ring and he had the measure of his opponent, unleashing fast combinations.
Cooper refused to back off, which made for a thrilling fight, though Abrol clearly won all three rounds, taking his tally to 21 wins with one loss.
Coaches Andy Abrol and Tom Scott paid tribute to the trio. Abrol said: “What these youngsters are doing is nothing short of amazing. We have been on quite a journey.
“Blackpool’s Curtis Dean was the last boxer to win a schoolboy national title, way back in 1999.
“Jake is the first amateur boxer from Blackpool to win two national titles back-to-back. He is a stand-out kid.”
The Sharpstyle coaching team are preparing boxers from the Blackpool club for the Monkstown International Cup in Ireland at the end of the month.
The national champions will be involved in training camps for European selection and Abrol senior said: “The cost runs into thousands each season. Without the support of our sponsors and fans these kids would not get the chance to achieve what they have.
“For us it’s all systems go 24/7. Hopefully next season we’ll have additional coaches.”