Win for 16-year-old Sophia gives Catterick Boxing Club a first national champion

From left, junior coach Lee Bannister, Sophia Maycroft and club owner Justin Barnes.

Catterick Boxing Club has its first national champion.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia Maycroft became the England Boxing National Development Championship in the 52-54kg category at the weekend.

The teenager lives in Darlington and trains at the Colburn-based club four times a week.

Sophia overcame a fighter who beat her the year before in the semi-finals before taking on the twice national champion, Sophie Locke in the final in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on Saturday.

Club owner Justin Barnes said the reigning champion boxed clever in the first round meaning Sophia needed to win the remaining two rounds to take the title.

“She went straight to work scoring powerful shots to the body and head, and the referee jumped in to give the Dagenham champion a standing count.

“The boxing continued and again the Catterick Boxing Club fighter landed powerful shots and forced another count.

“Sophia controlled the third round and pushed the strong, durable London girl back with jab back hand combinations.

“The bell went and there can only be one winner, and a new national champion from Catterick Boxing Club.”

Justin said it was a great achievement for Sophia and the club.

“We have a great little club with hundreds of kids using our club for different reasons, whether that’s to get fit or something to do if an evening, or become a national champion.

“We encourage every child and teenager to try there hardest and enjoy the sport.”

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