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Stamford Boxing Club's Charlie Crane becomes a national champion



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It was a case of second time lucky as Stamford ABC's Charlie Crane became a national champion on Sunday.

Three years after missing out in a national schoolboy final, Crane won the 71kg National Youth Championship title.

Head coach Mark Atherton said: "It is one of my proudest moments. Charlie has worked so hard in the gym and deserved his success.

Charlie Crane with Stamford's head coach Mark Atherton and professional coach Tommy Martin. (53167738)
Charlie Crane with Stamford's head coach Mark Atherton and professional coach Tommy Martin. (53167738)

"Charlie had been knocking on the door for major honours and to finally bring home the national title was a great achievement."

Crane remained focused throughout the pandemic, like most of the boxers at the club.

The final was held over the elite boxer distance of four rounds in Hayes, London.

Crane boxed impeccably throughout and to instruction against a very tough opponent. He sealed the points victory with a tremendous left hand in the fourth round that knocked the opponent down, removing any doubt in what was a closely contested bout.

Meanwhile, Stamford's senior star Matthew Cross makes his bid for national glory later this month.

Atherton and Stamford's professional coach Tommy Martin, a former English and WBA international champion, are expecting a bold showing from Cross, who has trained with these championships in mind.



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