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Martin battles to Eastern Counties final berth
10:13am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
CALLUM Martin dug deep to secure an Eastern Counties final berth.
The 18-year-old Essex University boxer dug deep against the Suffolk AAA champion Josh Seal to run out a deserved points winner in the semi-final at Harlow.
Martin, a tall light middleweight (under 71kg), met an opponent who matched him physically and on record having lost only two bouts out of ten.
From the opening bell, both boxers circled trying to find their range but it was the Martin who landed the first punch before the Yarmouth boxer replied in identical fashion.
This set the tone for the first round with Seal just edging it.
Martin picked up the pace for the start of the second round and brought in the right uppercut when close, taking the initiative away from his opponent.
Long hard right hands were sneaking over Seal’s guard allowing Martin to then land combinations and increase the pace.
One round apiece set up a blistering third.
The Essex University boxer increased his workrate and forced Seal to back off repeatedly.
However, Seal was not to be denied his chance and landed good left rights of his own to send Martin back to the ropes.
Martin went straight back at Seal and backed him up against the ropes when the bell sounded at the end of a hard bout.
Callum now boxes for Norwich for the Eastern Counties title on Friday. Welterweight Aaron Spenner (67kg) lost a majority decision in the Essex final of the National Amateur Boys’ Club’s competition against the vastly more experienced Sam Malone, of Rayleigh.
Malone stood in front of him but Spenner was content to get on his toes and use the ring, sneaking in left jabs and landing good left and right hooks.
However, Malone kept his hands high and weathered the shots well before replying with jabs of his own.
The second round was a repeat of the first three minutes with neither boxer gaining full advantage.
The superior work-rate of Malone in the final three minutes edged the victory and the title.
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