Joe hits the right spot for Welsh novice title
7:01am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
USING all his strength and ability, Penarth Amateur Boxing Club's Joe Smith surged to victory at the Welsh novice championships at Swansea.
Joe had opened his championship bid with a hard fought unanimous points victory and had then stopped his opponent in the second round of the semi-final after his adversary had taken two standing counts.
Joe's 15-year-old final opponent from Chepstow ABC proved a very formidable opponent, with coach Neil Munn advising his boy to use his boxing skills. Taken by surprise by the early charge of his opponent, Joe settled quickly and picked off his adversary with considerable ease. With the opponent coming forward at every opportunity, Joe stunned him with a lovely right hand. Although the Chepstow boy was allowed to continue after a long look from the referee, he was caught again by the same punch and this time the official stepped in straight away to stop the contest.
Neil said later: "Joe is a very good prospect and, as long as he stays focused and trains hard, he will win many more Welsh titles."
In the New Year Joe will be taking part in the Welsh open championships, and Neil added: "Joe is a very good boxer as well as a puncher. This will be a lot harder, but, after seven winning fights and two of these inside the distance, I have every confidence he can do well."