Spaven into quarter-finals

Lewis Spaven

Lewis Spaven

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Westway Boxing Club’s Lewis Spaven delivered another superb display to move into the quarter-finals of the National Schoolboy Championships.

Thirteen-year-old Spaven was up against the Midlands champion Adam Smith in the under-50 kilo last 16 contest at Wakefield, and the Kettering School of Boxing fighter looking physically stronger than the Yorkshire champion.

Spaven’s clever boxing made his more muscular rival miss on several occasions in the opening round, which Westway coach George Rhodes believed that the Bridlington-based boxer shaded.

Smith, who had a near-perfect record heading into this bout, came back into the contest in the second round, so Spaven knew that he needed an impressive final round to progress in the competition.

The superior fitness of the Westway youngster paid off as his jabs and double backhands saw him claim a split decision points victory to move into the last eight of the national competition.

Spaven will take on the winner of the North East section in the quarter-finals later this month.