Gidman makes historic boxing final

Owen Gidman
Owen Gidman

Owen Gidman will fight in the All England National ABA Finals on Sunday.

The 14-year-old will become the first boxer from Milton Keynes to reach the final of the competition since 1989, after seeing off the talented Omar Chaima in the semi-final last weekend.

The Bletchley ABC fighter was on the back foot early in the first round, as Chaima, coming out of the renowned Repton Boys ABC, started fast, putting Gidman on the back foot and cathching him with some good combination to win the first round.

Gidman came back strong in rounds 2 and 3 turning on a south paw lead and catching Chaima with great right hooks and left hands to the body.

The judges awarding the contest to Gidman on a split decision.

Gidman will face Judd Cameron from Setfon ABC in the final of All England National ABA championships this Sunday.

Coach Kevin McCarthy, former Southern Area Welterweight Champion, said: “This is a great achievement for Owen who has been training with Bletchley ABC since he was eight.

“I believe that Owen has the talent to go all the way and represent the England GB squad in the Olympics in the near future.”

The final takes place on Sunday at the TA Centre in Grove Park, London, starting at 1.30pm.