BOXING: Brilliant Ben shows he’s England’s finest

CHAMPION - Ben Vaughan
CHAMPION - Ben Vaughan

Brilliant Kings Heath ABC boxer Ben Vaughan was England’s finest in last weekend’s Tri-Nations.

Not only did the talented 15-year-old claim gold in Scotland, he also picked up the prestigious best boxer of the tournament prize.

The England captain saw off two of the home nation’s fighters as he impressed the international coaches from start to finish.

Vaughan was up against James Buchanan in the semi-finals and forced a standing count in round one before the referee intervened in the second to stop the fight.

That victory against Scotland’s cadet champion was followed by a split decision success against Nathan Shaw.

Vaughan, fighting at 60kg, beat the highly-respected European medalist over three intense rounds, which brought the crowd to their feet.

The strong and aggressive Shaw tried to put Vaughan on to the back foot in the first round as no quarter was given by either boxer.

Vaughan stepped it up in the second going through the gears with a terrific variety of shots.

With the bout in the balance, the England ace left nothing to chance and his superb level of fitness enabled him to pull away in the last round to win a deserved gold medal.

“Ben has now won three national titles and two Tri-Nations, which is a huge achievement and a reflection of the hard work and dedication he puts in,” said Kings Heath head coach Arthur Daly.

“Ironically, he lost his first bout of the season but used that as a stepping stone and part of the learning curve in amateur boxing.

“Ultimatelym receiving the best boxer award in an international tournament is a testament to his commitment and Kings Heath’s training philosophy.”

Meanwhile, identical twin Harry Pullen joined his brother Jimmy in the Schoolboy quarter-finals.

And Harry proved to be too smart for Corry McPhilbin, earning a clear unanimous points win Kings Heath now have eight boxers in the quarter-finals, which is a record for the club.

“We are enjoying a great season and the results speak volumes,” said Daly, “and it is not over yet.

“As coach I am particularly proud of Ben, as he stands for everything that is right in boxing.

“He is quiet and dignified with a champion’s will to win.

“He is ably supported by a good team, not least of all his dad, Mark, who also brings along a strong positive influence to a buoyant gym.”

Daly’s delight as Bosley is back

Far Cotton ABC head coach John Daly can’t wait to see young gun Morgan Bosley back in action this weekend.

The 57kg scrapper has not boxed since losing in the ABAs earlier this year but he will take to the canvas in Derby on Sunday.

Bosley has been selected to box for an LRN side against Derbyshire.

And Daly is looking forward to seeing the talented teen return to the ring.

“The last time Morgan boxed was a couple of months ago and he’s been back at the gym really training hard since,” said the coach.

“He’s really got a lot of potential and he’s been sparring with (England boxer) Molly Perkins.

“He’ll got far and I’ve always thought so ever since he joined the club.

“He’s been with us since he was eight years old and he’s now in his mid teens.

“His movement is very good and he’s definitely got a lot of talent that will take him far.”

Also in action this weekend will be 10-year-old Zara Aitchison.

Aitchison is heading to Halifax on Saturday night for a skills match.

Meanwhile, England and Great Britain fighter Chantelle Cameron, who is a Far Cotton ABC fighter, headed to Spain earlier this week for a tournament as she continues her quest to make next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.