Walcot boxer Said Eltuyev was crowned Western Counties Youth Champion at the weekend after a gritty points win in the Western Area Final in Newquay.
Daryl Dunne, from the Arena gym in Bournemouth, provided stiff opposition in this 64kgs contest, which consisted of 3×3 minute rounds.
The Dorset boxer brought an impressive record of 10 wins from 12 contests to the ring, and he started in a confident manner, landing with solid hooks and straight rights.
Although Eltuvev enjoyed occasional success with his counters, the first round belonged to the seasider.
However the Walcot stylist raised his game during the middle session, scoring with fast left jabs and straight rights to take the round.
The final three minutes saw the former England Schoolboy International score at close range with heavy body shots fired from all angles.
He also ensured his nimble footwork made him an elusive target during this session, and he was rewarded at the final bell with a split points decision from the ringside judges.
Said was very happy with his win, saying: “That was a tough bout – Daryl came to fight and was a worthy opponent for a final.
“I now have to get back in the gym to train hard for the next round.”
Walcot Coach Lionel McCrea was delighted with his protégé’s performance, adding: “Dunne started well and Said had to increase his workrate after the first round, which he did magnificently.
“He followed my instructions perfectly and he is a pleasure to train.
“We can celebrate the win this evening, and then the hard work starts again in the gym on Monday, in preparation for the national quarter finals in two weeks’ time”
Words: Dave Veysey