RYAN Adair, Cambs Police ABC’s 14-year-old boxer, beat nemesis Tommy Ball on Saturday and will now go to Liverpool in two weeks’ time to fight for a National Schoolboys title.
The Huntingdon lad was beaten in the semi-finals last year but made no mistakes this time around, out-boxing Ball, who he had met previously during his sharp ascent in the sport.
Mick Taylor, Adair’s coach, said: “We knew his opponent very well and the two boxers met three years ago and Ryan froze with nerves on that occasion. He has been a thorn in his side ever since.
“But this time Ryan was physically too strong and he bullied the boy around the ring for three rounds.”
Indeed, Taylor told The Hunts Post: “We thought we were watching all-in wrestling or an octopus. Ryan was hitting the lad with some good shots and was getting hugged in return.”
The bout was the last one on at the Schoolboy semis at Portsmouth’s Charles Dickens Centre on Saturday evening.
Now the Hinchingbrooke School pupil will go to Liverpool to face Mark Jeffers From Chorley in the 63-66kg Class C Senior Schoolboys category.
“Last year Ryan lost on a majority decision in the semi finals but there were problems on the day when the time of his fight was changed and that put his preparations out.
“This year he is primed, wound up and ready to explode.”
It was Jeffers who went on to take the title – his second – and the boxer, who boasts a record of 15 contests and 15 wins, will be aiming to make it a hat-trick in Liverpool.
But Taylor said: “We all thought Tommy Ball might be a tough opponent but Ryan dealt with him fine.
“Mark doesn’t like pressure – he doesn’t box as well under pressure. Ryan is on top of the world – he’s in the final and he’ll be going for it 100 per cent.”