Whitby boxer Harris makes national semi-finals

Reece Harris (left) is into the National Championships semi-finals
Reece Harris (left) is into the National Championships semi-finals
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Whitby boxer Reece Harris is celebrating this week, after reaching the semi-finals of the National Schoolboy Championships.

Harris, who turned 14 in March, defeated his opponent in a dominant display in his latest bout, in the last 16.

The draw, however, proved kind to the talented boxer, handing him a bye to the semi-finals, where he faced a two-time national champion.

The win takes the young boxer on to five wins from his opening seven fights, as he continues to go from strength to strength in the ring.

Stewart Lorains, of Whitby Boxing Club, has been impressed by the progression of Harris.

“Reece lost his first fight, and he hasn’t looked back since then,” Lorains told the Whitby Gazette.

“He fought a kid from Grimsby and completely dominated.

“It was impressive from a lad who only turned 14 in March. When he gets to 17 or 18, he’ll be an animal.

“He’s so powerful.

“Our coach, Robert Layton, has been spending a lot of time working with him and it’s really paying off. Reece is going from strength to strength in the ring and a lot of that is down to Rob.

“I think that he has the potential to go all the way.

“We know that he’ll face the two-time national champion in the semi-final, if he gets there. Bring it on, I say.”

Whitby Boxing Club’s success on a national scale, is continuing to grow. This weekend, Kane Morrison has a National Minors Championship bout in Liverpool.

Lorains believes that Morrison, along with Harris, has the potential to go all the way in their respective competitions.

They can definitely both win their competitions,” Lorains added.

“What really helps is that they have everyone behind them.

“Reece had his grandad and all the family down in Birmingham.”