The pride of England

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BRIDLINGTON has not one, but two national schoolboy boxing champions.

Zac Stabler and Kier Herrgesell both returned home with the titles after fighting in Mansfield at the weekend.

The achievement is amazing when you consider the town has never produced a finalist before, never mind a champion.

Head coach Damien Grant said: “We were all chuffed to bits with the two lad’s performances. They have not had an easy ride through the tournament and have had to work extremely hard to do it.

“Everyone at the club is extremely proud of what they have achieved.”

Kier Herrgesell was the first of the two to box on Sunday. He was competing in the class three under 46kg category against Eddie Mount of the Faversham ABC in Kent.

Herrgesell was once again the shorter of the two boxers but this time by quite a lot, although it didn’t bother him as he began advancing and putting the pressure on from the first bell.

Mount was not allowed to stand off and box like he wanted to and the first round ended with Herrgesell 7-3 up.

Herrgesell continued his assault throughout the second round but Mount also upped his workrate but the Bridlington boxer led 16-9 at the end of the second round.

With Mount well down, he went all out in the last round and after an initial surprise, Herrgesell managed to keep his cool throughout the round and the bout finished 20-15.

Stabler was involved in the final bout of the day in his class three under 70kg contest against Prince Abanihi of the Tottenham and Enfield ABC in London.

Abanihi was physically the bigger of the two but Stabler had already beaten last year’s winner and was unfazed.

Stabler was the quicker of the two and despite Abanihi’s size, he seemed to be landing the bigger shots.

He remained very busy throughout the first round and was rewarded for his hard work with an 8-4 lead.

He continued to advance strongly in the second round but occasionally got caught carrying his hands low and the second round finished 16-9.

The Bridlington boxer was determined not only to keep his lead but also to extend it so he carried on pressuring his opponent in the last round.

At times Abanihi seemed desperate, trying to make up the seven-point deficit but Stabler used this to his advantage and began catching Abanihi at ease towards the end of the bout. The final score was a convincing 23-11.

The two Bridlington boxers will now get to represent England in June in a three nations tournament against Scotland and Wales.

They will also be competing at the boxing show at the Bridlington Spa on Friday, March 16.