Hughes bids to box for England

Beaten finalist: Jamie Hughes
Beaten finalist: Jamie Hughes
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DONCASTER cruiserweight Jamie Hughes is setting his sights on an England vest next season.

The 27 year-old Highfields ABC boxer was a surprise finalist in last weekend’s Elite ABA finals at Colchester.

Although second best on the night against last season’s runner-up Deion Jumah, Hughes proved a worthy finalist and the hard-hitting Londoner never looked like claiming a third successive knockout in the competition.

“Jumah is a strong kid,” said Highfields coach John Loosemore. “He kept coming forward throwing big shots and he didn’t give Jamie any room to work in.

“I wouldn’t say that Jamie was affected by nerves because he hasn’t’ got a nervous bone in his body, but I think the occasion got to him. He was quiet in the dressing room and made a slow start.

“He was well behind on points at the end of the first and in those circumstances you always have a mountain to climb. Jamie came more into the fight the longer in went on but he had left himself too much to do.

“But he has done himself proud and he has put the club on the map. He is chuffed to bits to reach the final; I don’t think that anyone expected him to get as far as he did just a year after winning the under-10 bouts ABA Novice title.

“Hopefully things will start to open up for Jamie now. He has now got his sights set on winning an England vest next season which would be a dream come true where he to achieve it.

“Having experienced what it is like to reach an ABA final he now wants to win the title.

“It will be tougher for him next year because people will know more about him whereas he sneaked under the radar this season.

“I don’t think he needs to work on anything in particular, just smooth over a few rough edges.”