Worksop boxer Marcus Ellis turned the boos of a Stoke crowd into cheers, with a points decision victory over a hometown fighter on Friday night.
The youngster, who boxes for Huthwaite ABC, gave up weight to opponent Corey Mumford, of Stoke and Staffs ABC, for the three round bout.
This was Ellis’ first bout of the season since winning the National Schoolboy Minors title in June.
It was Mumfords home show and the crowd was partisan, booing 12-year-old Ellis as he walked to the ring.
In the first round Mumford came forward, and in a small ring Ellis was limited in his ability to use his skills.
But the pair had good exchanges to start, Ellis landing the heavier shots and combinations to head and body, shaking his man with a left hook towards the end of the round.
Mumford came out all guns blazing in round two, but Ellis blocked and parried and cut angles to avoid the attack before landing a strong backhand that turned momentum in his favour.
And in round three Mumford looked tired, while Ellis looked close to stopping the home fighter with his backhands and left hooks, the referee hovering on the verge of intervention.
Ellis was given the points victory, and the same crowd that booed him earlier, cheered as he left the ring.