Malone wins Junior ABA Yorkshire title

Bridlington ABC’s Ben Malone travelled to Harvercroft in West Yorkshire last weekend to take part in a Yorkshire Final of the under 63kg Class A category in the Junior ABA Championships.

Malone is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his team mates Aaron Boyes and James Precious who this year both reached the national finals of their respective championships, with the latter going on to win them.

Malone got off to a good start by securing the Yorkshire title with a victory over Franky Sykes of the Mickey’s ABC in Sheffield.

Sykes is known for his come-forward style but struggled to get any momentum going.

Malone moved well and although been out of range with a lot of punches managed to keep Sykes at bay.

When Sykes did advance Malone worked with him and came out of the exchanges on top.

His victory means he will go forward to the national stages of the competition as Yorkshire’s representative for his age and weight starting with a pre-quarter final against the North East on 18 May.

Two of Malone’s team mates, Billy Gibson and Roan Stanley also competed last weekend.

Gibson secured a unanimous points win over Bradley Dexter of the Sharky’s ABC in Leeds while Stanley increased his unbeaten run to seven contests with a unanimous decision over Richard Popham of the Rawthorpe ABC in Huddersfield.

Bridlington ABC’s James Precious will this weekend travel to Manchester where he will be representing England in an international tournament.

He will battle against the best that Wales and Scotland have to offer to find out ho is Britain’s number one.

Precious earned his spot on the team when he won the schoolboy championships last month.

This set him up for a final eliminator for the spot, however his opponent had to pull out of this with illness, granting Precious the automatic spot.