Bognor’s teen boxer Charley Mason will be aiming for national success when he goes toe-to-toe with some of the best fighters in the country in the next month.
The 18-year-old elite light welterweight has made great strides under the tutelage of the coaches at the Bognor Regis Amateur Boxing Club, which works from the VK Gym in Durban Road.
Fresh from reaching the semi final of an international competition in Ireland, the teenager will now be taking his talents onto the national stage.
Charley will be boxing throughout November in a national tournament where he is hoping to make his mark as usual.
Winning the tournament overall would make Charley a champion of England, Wales and Scotland.
Coach Paul Mason said:
“Good luck Charley, you certainly have it in you to go all the way.”
Mason warmed up for the fight by travelling to Hastings to compete in an Open Show which was hosted by the West Hill Boxing Club.
He faced a tough opponent from London’s Finchley boxing club.
Finchley is renowned as one of the best and most successful boxing clubs in Great Britain, having produced several world champions throughout its long history.
Boxers including Dereck Chisora and Anthony Joshua evolved from this club, with the production line showing no signs of slowing in recent years.
Charley’s opponent was Jamie Bradley.
But despite his opponent’s strong reputation, Charley boxed with dominance and skill controlling the bout throughout.
His taller opponent tried to keep the contest at long range. Charley however was having none of it.
As coach Paul Mason explains: “Leading off first and closing distance he landed the cleaner more telling shots, using combinations to negate Jamie’s work.”
After a number of close rounds, Charley was declared the winner on points.
Bognor ABC has been established for more than 100 years and is the oldest club in Sussex.
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