Next stop Las Vegas for boxing champ Jude

February 01 2018

BOXER Jude Moore emerged victorious in his second international contest for England.

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BOXER Jude Moore emerged victorious in his second international contest for England.

Jude, a student at Mangotsfield School, was selected to represent his country against the USA at the tournament in Blackpool, which featured all the full glitz and glamour associated with an international event.

The 14-year-old faced opponent Ashton 'Superman' Sylve of Long Beach California, who boasted an impressive record of 83 wins with only five losses.

The Hillfields teenager made a confident start with fast counter punches against the aggressive American.

The second round saw Sylve force the pace and took the action to close quarters, smothering the long range work of the Bristolian.

The third and last session was the decisive round and the action continued at a fast pace with Moore catching the American with straight fast shots.

Not to be denied, Sylve continued his aggressive onslaught right until the final bell.

After three superb rounds a split judges' decision went in favour of England and Jude Moore.

After the match Jude said: "It was such a hard contest, Ashton was so strong and fit. I am buzzing to have won for England."

The return match is scheduled for June in Las Vegas.

Under the watchful eye of coach Craig Turner, Jude boxes for Downend Boxing Club, based at the Harry Crook Centre.

Jude won a national title last year, followed by the GB championships and represented England in the European championships, which took place in Romania.