Hillfields boxer Ethan is crowned England junior champion
HILLFIELDS boxer Ethan Moore has been crowned the Junior 80 kg England Boxing national champion.
Ethan, who is 16, won the national schools title in 2019, so to come back and claim the juniors after such a long lay-off is a fantastic achievement.
The semi-finals and final were held on the same weekend in Hereford at the end of October, with Ethan's semi-final opponent being Riley Hinds from Eastwood Boxing club in Nottingham – a very tough lad who had won three jiu-jitsu world titles previously before turning his hand to boxing.
It was rugged fight but Ethan forced the ref to step in for a standing count in the first round with a solid right-hand straight.
Although his opponent was tough and very game, it was clear that the experience and superior boxing skills from Ethan would see him gain a wide unanimous decision and take him into the finals the following day.
Standing in the way of Ethan’s dream was the current GB champion Joe Hodgkinson, from Newcastle's Olympian Boxing club. The two had met the weekend before at the MTK Lonsdale Box cup in Cumbria, with Ethan winning by a split decision to claim the belt that day in a close but scrappy bout.
This final was very different, with Ethan more on his toes and using his southpaw jab to better effect, teeing up some powerful backhand counters, A very confident and punch-perfect display saw Ethan claim the decision and win the title.
He said: "To be able to get back to boxing after such a long lay-off due to the pandemic is great but it has been extremely tough to get back in fighting shape, after needing to shed nearly 15kg since the early summer to make the weight class I wanted to win."
Ethan thanked his family, Downend Boxing Club and coaches Craig and Jo Turner, Bradley Smith and Tracey Hayne.
Ethan’s drive and commitment to his sport is quite simply outstanding. He conducts himself both in and out of competition superbly. He's a credit to the club and our city.
The week before a team of five from the club headed to the Lonsdale Box Cup in Cumbria and returned with three tournament champions.
Ethan’s brother Jude Moore, 18, beat Tyler Simpson of Southside Boxing Academy, Eloise Edwards beat Monea Smith MTK and Ethan himself beat Callum Slater of Doonhamers.
Alexa Smith and Jake Edwards also competed but lost in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.