Stabler seals third Yorkshire title on way to quarter-finals

Zac Stabler with coaches Damien Grant and Graham Hebden
Zac Stabler with coaches Damien Grant and Graham Hebden

Bridlington ABC have two boxers into the quarter-finals of the England Boxing Youth Champiomships

Zac Stabler won his third successive Yorkshire title on Sunday.

The welterweight, who has previously finished first and second in thenational rankings, will now go into the last eight, where he will be joined by Bridlington team-mate Aaron Boyes, who did not box in the Yorkshire round due to their been no other entries in his light welterweight division.

Stabler boxed Shakhiel Thompson of the Manor ABC in Sheffield.

Thompson was giving away a lot in weight and experience by getting in the ring with Stabler but he proved to be a very classy opponent ho moved very well.

Stabler struggled to get into range at the beginning of the first round and Thompson’s movement was keeping him out of harm’s way.

With just 15 seconds of round one to go, Stabler managed to step into range and land a devastating succession of blows on to the Sheffield boxer.

Throughout the second round Stabler continued with this pressure and Thompson really struggled to keep him away having to resort to holding on to Stabler and eventually he was warned for this.

The third round was a closer affair with momentum swinging back and forth but it was Stabler who was still the more aggressive boxer, and after three round of boxing it was a split decision but awarded in favour of the Bridlington boxer.

He now awaits to see if the North East enter a competitor for him to face in the national quarter final.

Boyes will face Anthony Stout of Shildon ABC in his quatter-final.

He will go into the bout confident knowing that he has twice before beaten Stout, however their last meeting was a very close affair and Boyes will have to be on top of his game in order to advance into the semi finals.