Stabler second in England rankings

Zac Stabler
Zac Stabler

Bridlington ABC’s Zac Stabler was beaten in his national final, but can console himself with the fact his performances have left him ranked number two in England.

Stabler travelled to Birmingham on Sunday to take on Zak Chelli from the Dale Youth ABC in London.

The 16-year-old struggled to get going early on and although he was landing well in close, it was Chelli who was producing the cleaner shots.

Early in the second round, Stabler was caught with a big shot that slowed him down a little, but he kept on moving forward and making Chelli work.

The last round saw Chelli land a couple of clean blows without any in reply from Stabler and it was enough to get the decision from the judges.

The Bridlington club’s head coach Damien Grant said: “Zac has done extremly well to get where he is. Last year’s national champion, this year’s English number two and he is still only just turned 16.”

Stabler’s displays leading up to the national finals have led to him being invited to Leeds this weekend to train with the England squad. He is expecting to get his place confirmed on the England team for this year’s Tri Nations event, which will take place in a few weeks.

After a successful season, the club’s other boxers are all now taking a well-earned rest.

Grant said: “The club is looking extremely strong at the moment and there is a real buzz about the place. We currently have around 16 boxers competing and are looking at putting a few more through their medicals through the summer.

“There have been some real success this season with Ben Malone winning eight out of his 10 contests. Tom Hebden has beaten eight out of the 11 opponents he has faced, and despite Billy Gibson having to pull out of championships due to injury, he has enjoyed a great season beating some very good opponents.”