Bridlington’s Aaron Boyes is second in the national rankings after being defeated in the England Boxing youth championships by Patrick McDonagh of the Walcot ABC.
Light welterweight McDonagh came to the ring with two schoolboy titles as well as a CYP title under his belt and he proved too strong.
Boyes struggled to cope with the superior hand speed and power that McDonagh showed, however he showed great determination and never gave up trying.
Occasionally he did manage to get close and land flurries of punches but McDonagh was the one controlling the bout in the main and earned a points decision from the judges.
Bridlington head coach Damien Grant said: “Aaron is the fifth national finalist that we have had in the last four seasons.
“He has done very well to get there, having to beat some tough competition on the way. He lost in the final but showed tremendous courage and proved he could mix it with the very best out there.”
Boyes said: “I am glad to have had the chance to box at such a high level. He did hurt me in the second round but I was determined to keep working through the bout.
Number two is a great achievement and I am pleased with where I have got.”
Boyes will next box at Bridlington Spa on 21 March.
Meanwhile, team-mates Billy Gibson and James Precious were weighing in for the first round of the Schoolboy Championships at the weekend and both have a passage to the Yorkshire finals which will take place on Sunday 9 March at Havercroft.
Grant said: “It is the first time both lads have entered the championships and both are keen to make there mark on them and hopefully follow in the footsteps of some of the senior boxers who have done well over the last few years.”