BURTON boxer Zach Parker has taken the next step towards the ABA middleweight championship.
His unanimous points win over Thomas Staples in Scunthorpe on Saturday night has taken the 18 year-old from Swadlincote through to the East Midlands final.
He will meet Josh Laurent (Belgrave) this week - possibly in Leicester on Friday night - and the winner will go through to the Midlands final.
Parker said: “I’ve seen him box and know what I have to do.
“I boxed better against Staples than I did in my first bout and I’m confident I can go all the way and win the ABA championship.”
Parker goes into the match in confident mood having convincingly outpointed Staples (Grimsby) by scores of 15-7, 15-6 and 15-9.
Parker had used block-and-counter tactics to win his opening contest against Matt Darby (Phoenix) and went on the attack against Staples.
Staples looked to keep the fight at long range, but Parker, who last season won both the Junior ABA and CYP championships, closed him down, slowed him with body punches and kept landing cleanly.
The referee came close to handing Staples a standing “eight” count in the second and third rounds as Parker went through the gears to win clearly on points.
Parker will need similar tactics to reach the Midlands final.
Laurent is another tall, rangy boxer who likes to get opponents on the end of his jab and Parker said: “