England Boxing’s National Amateur Championships wrapped-up this weekend with 20 champions crowned across the divisions.
It was a thrilling day of boxing; the Manchester crowd roared behind Birtley’s Mark Dickinson and Beartown’s Ramtin Musah, they fought hard with Dickinson coming out on top and as the latest recipient of the Mickey May Memorial Award, presented to the best boxer in a tournament.
Speaking of the competitive bout, Dickinson said: “I’m buzzing after that. It was a very good final and I had to dig deep and bite down on the gum shield to get it done.
The final of the men’s under 81kg saw George Crotty, representing the Royal Navy, take on Triumph’s Aaron Bowen in another close fight.
Aaron Bowen clinched a split decision saying: “I had to push hard because he is really good on his feet.
“It was close but it’s top level boxing, so you are going to get close bouts. It’s such a hot division and there are a while host of lads who could have been in the final, so to win it is massive.”
Fans in attendance were treat to an exciting performance in the under 91kg division as Natty Ngwenya stopped Thomas Pogson.
Representing the army, Ngwenya dropped his opponent twice. Pogson was brave and beat the referee’s ten count the first time but was later floored again and the referee had seen enough.
The army boxer was elated: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet because it’s a major deal for me. People who have gone on to become world champions have come through this route, so who’s to say that’s not in the pipeline for me? I’m gobsmacked.”
Also successful in the final at Manchester Central: Jodie Wilkinson (under 75kg); Kheron Gilpin (under 86kg) and Oriance Lungu (under 64).