Precious regains Yorkshire title

James Precious
James Precious

James Precious has reclaimed the Junior Cadet Yorkshire title, after a thrilling win over York’s Tommy Tunny on Sunday.

The Bridlington ABC youngster won the title in 2014 on his way to becoming national champion, and will now represent the county in the UK quarter-finals later this month.

James Precious after Sunday's fight.

James Precious after Sunday's fight.

Precious headed to Sheffield at the weekend, knowing he was the favourite for the bout.

Standing in his way was Tunny, who was no stranger to the Bridlington camp, having been beaten by Precious’ team-mate Jack Marshall at the Spa last year.

Tunny was a tall and strong opponent and began well, ocasionally catching Precious but the Bridlington boxer’s superior hand speed and experience soon began to take over.

The York youngster didn’t make things easy for Precious and made the contest as physical as possible to try and neutralise Precious’ work rate.

But as the rounds went on Tunny struggled to keep up with the pace and towards the end of the third round, he also had a point deduction for repeatedly holding.

After three rounds of boxing, Tunny had battled well but Precious was awarded a well deserved unanimous decision from the judges.

Precious will now train with the Yorkshire squad this weekend before boxing as Yorkshire’s representative at the national quarter-finals on March 12

The progression that Precious has made through the championships will now rule him out of competing on the amateur boxing show due to take place at Bridlington Spa on April 1.

Organisers and coaches are already working on match-ups for a number of Bridlington boxers.

The club is hoping to feature a number of their senior boxers on this show, along with some of their young future stars.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and can be bought from the Spa box office or by contacting Dean Hoggard on 07880 723732.