WOODVILLE teenager Connor Parker has ended half a decade of hurt for Royal Oak boxing club.
Parker was crowned champion on the National Ambition Boxing Championships in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday night to become the Newhall club’s first national title-winner in a history that stretches back more than 50 years.
And Lee Harrison can tonight claim another national title for Royal Oak.
The 22-year-old cruiserweight heads to Sunderland to box in the final of the ABA Novice championships.
Parker claimed the Class B title at 63kgs with a deserved majority points win over Sean Robinson (Hook’s).
And coach George Balfour reckons the 17 year-old southpaw will go on to bring more honours back to the club.
“There will be no stopping him now,” said Balfour.
“He should have won titles before and now he has.
“Connor will get better and better, and he can go on to win the Junior ABA title next year.”
Parker, who is currently studying bricklaying at Burton College, comes from a fighting family and cousins Duane and Zach were among the crowd who made the trip to Stoke for the Class C finals.
They saw him make a red-hot start to the three-round contest.
Robinson was taller and had a longer reach — but Parker beat him to the punch with jabs, then burrowed his way inside to unload clusters of punches.
Parker put his blows together in threes and fours, switched his attacks from body to head and outworked the Londoner throughout the opening two rounds.
Needing a big last round, Robinson upped the pace and landed his best punch of the fight — a looping right hand — early in the session.
Parker took it well and for the final minute of an all-action bout, they stood toe-to-toe, exchanging punches.
Parker kept his defences tight and picked the cleaner punches to edge the exchanges and win the bout on a majority points vote.
Three of the judges had him ahead by scores of 18-10, 13-8 and 15-10, while another had the scores level and one judge voted for Robinson.
Balfour added: “Connor’s very strong for the weight
and he was too busy in
the first two rounds and Robinson came back into it in the last.”
Parker today travelled to cheer on Harrison in his big fight — after the latter pulled off a dramatic knock-out win in his ABA Novice Class B semi-final.
Harrison boxed Tony Hart and after two rounds, he looked to be behind.
But he wiped out Hart’s advantage with a pair of left hands that laid the Liverpudlian out on the canvas for the full count.
Harrison meets David Bailey (Empire) in tonight’s final.