Owen Gidman will fight to represent England

Owen Gidman
Owen Gidman

Owen Gidman proved he is the real deal on Sunday by winning the All England ABA National Final, and will now fight to represent his country in the annual Three Nations tournament.

The 14-year-old, fighting out of Bletchley ABC, became the first boxer from Milton Keynes to compete in the final sine 1989, but showed no signs of nerves as he faced off against Judd Cameron from Setfon ABC.

From the opening round, there was to be no denying the MK fighter, as he landed blow after blow - his right hook, pictured below, connecting to both head and body.

After a quick breather, Gidman stepped up the even further in rounds 2 and 3 - a lift that Cameron was unable to cope with.

With Gidman’s work rate and power through the two remaining rounds, there was little doubt in anyone’s mind who the winner would be come the final bell.

And the judges awarded the victory to Gidman in a unanimous decision, much to the delight of his travelling group of supporters and coaches.

As victor, Gidman has the opportunity to box at the GB training camp in Sheffield.

But there is a place in the Three Nations England squad at stake, and Gidman will have to face a boxer a year older than him in the shape of Michael Chalk from Guildford City ABC.

Chalk also won the National title on Sunday at 50KG at Class B.