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Stamford Boxing Club's Matt Cross wins the 71kg senior national title with victory against Mussa Ngeya

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Stamford Boxing Club have another national champion in their ranks.

Matt Cross claimed the 71kg senior national title on Sunday with a unanimous points win over Mussa Ngeya from London’s Base Boxing Academy in the final at Romford.

The duo had been both swept all previous opponents aside in the run to the final with Cross having boxed impeccably throughout the tournament to eliminate some big names.

National champion Matt Cross and his jubilant team from Stamford Boxing Club.
National champion Matt Cross and his jubilant team from Stamford Boxing Club.

He travelled with high hopes as buoyant head coach Mark Atherton felt his fighter would prevail if he produced his ‘A game’ and maintained his performance levels from training.

Ngeya had brought a raucous crowd to support him and made a very fast start to the fight, but Cross quickly slipped into gear and punished the London fighter every time he came forwards.

For the remainder of the bout, Cross began going through the gears and was hurting the London fighter throughout.

Cross constantly landed the jab to set things up before producing some crushing right hands and left hooks to both head and body.

The hurt and weary London fighter made it to the final bell, but there was no doubt as to the winner and Cross’ hand was rightly raised as a unanimous points winner.

Cross is also coached by Tommy Martin, a former professional champion, who was delighted with the success.

He said: “It’s a great achievement for a small club and town in the boxing world, like Stamford, to win a national title.”

It was the second national title that Stamford have won in the last six weeks with the club’s star youth Charlie Crane having won the national 67kg youth title in November.

Head coach Atherton added: “The town should be very proud of the achievements of the club.

“We have a lot of talent and travel most weekends up and down the country representing Stamford.

“To have two national champions out of the town is certainly a great achievement and testament to the hard work and endless hours the whole team puts in on a voluntary basis for the good of the youngsters.

“Our cause has also been helped by recent sponsorship from Stamford eatery Zorba 4 and Peterborough car salesroom Junction 17 as, without their help, none of this would have been possible.”

Stamford ABC will yet again make an assault on the national championships in the schools and minor tournaments that begin in January.

They have two great chances of collecting more titles in the shape of 14-year-old 57kg hopeful Liam Mulligan and 14-year-old 32kg prospect Mohammad Nawaz.

Both boys are currently deep in training ready for their assault on the national championships.

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