A Worksop youngster has joined a very select list of local boxers to have won national boxing titles.
Twelve-year-old Marcus Ellis, fighting in the colours of Chesterfield ABC, took victory in the National Schoolboy Minors final.
He follows in the footsteps of the likes of Langold legend Terry Lavin, who won the National Schoolboys title in 1957.
Several local fighters have reached finals, but Ellis and Lavin went one step further.
Ellis had to overcome Aidan Gallager of Wildcard ABC in Liverpool in the semi-finals, at The Arc in Clowne, and did so with a unanimous points win.
This set up a final between Ellis and Conner Smith of Sporting Ring ABC, a Longon club with a good reputation in the sport.
With Sporting Ring members winning junior ABA titles, and Smith’s elder brother taking a national schoolboy Class A title this season, Ellis knew he was up against it.
But he took round one comfortably, working behind an effective jab.
Round two was more even, Smith perhaps landing a greater volume of punches.
Ellis was then read the riot act in his corner, and having been told to use his speed and skill to keep his opponent at bay, the Bassetlaw boxer dominated with strong backhands.
The judges were unanimous in their decision for Ellis, two judges giving him two rounds to Smith’s one, the other giving him all three.
Proud dad Steve said it was an emotional moment: “The place erupted with cheers, shouts and applause from his supporters.
“Smith’s corner were very gracious in defeat, saying that Marcus deserved the title and he was an outstanding boxer.”
There was more than just two good performances that went into the success.
Steve explained: “Marcus has trained so hard for the final, gym sessions three times a week and training at home the remaining four days.
“He was constantly battling to stay under the 50kg limit with a very healthy and strict diet regime.
“His first request after the bout was a mixed grill, we had a great night.”
“We’re very proud of his achievement and think he fully deserves the success, he’s been boxing since he was six and has made a lot of sacrifices to get to the position he is in now.”