Whitby Boxing Club’s Ashley Whitefoot will fight for a national title later this month, less than two years after taking up the sport.
The 16-year-old beat Coventry’s Inderpal Gill in their Junior Development Championships national semi-final clash to seal his shot at the title in Rotherham on October 10.
Whitefoot’s coach, Stewart Lorains, says that he is “delighted” with the progress of his young prospect.
“I’m over the moon for Ashley, he’s done brilliantly to reach a national final given that he only started boxing around 18 months ago,” he said.
“He’s a great kid and has worked really hard and learned very quickly.
“It’s also fantastic for the boxing club as a whole to have one of our lads doing so well.”
Whitefoot dominated all three rounds of his 57-60 kilogram weight division bout with Gill in Warrington.
“Ashley boxed the other lad’s head off. He was just superb,” Lorains added.
“He did pretty much everything right, it was just a really classy display.”
Lorains revealed that Whitefoot’s preparation for the fight included studying Gill and devising a plan to counter his opponent’s style.
“We did our homework on Gill and came up with a plan,” he continued.
“Credit to Ashley, he carried the plan out to the letter and it worked. He looked the stronger of the two all the way through the fight.
“To be honest I think that Gill and his team underestimated Ashley. They obviously thought that their lad was going to win no problem and their corner were stunned by how well Ashley fought.”
Whitefoot is yet to learn who he will face in the final of the competition, but Lorains expects it will be a fighter from the London area.
“Whoever Ashley comes up against, I’m backing him to go all the way,” he added.
“I’m confident that he can win the title.”
Another Whitby boxer, Callum Halley, was also due to fight in the semi-finals, but was forced to withdraw due to illness.
“It’s a big shame for Callum as he’s a quality fighter himself and he would have had a great chance of reaching a final of his own,” Lorains said.