Mitchison reaches ABA quarter-final

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DONCASTER Plant Works’ James Mitchison booked his place in the quarter-finals of the Junior ABAs at Birmingham this weekend after convincingly outpointing Armthorpe’s Joseph White in their Yorkshire Association Class 6 75kg final at Havercroft.

White proved a strong opponent but Mitchison made good use of his much greater experience to post a 27-4 win.

Stablemate Jay Westlake will join him at Birmingham on Sunday after receiving a walkover in his Class 5 63kg final.

Tommy Harty failed to make it a hat-trick of victories, losing out to Doncaster rival Scott Baghurst (Highfields) in a hard-hitting Class 5 54kg contest which received a standing ovation.

“My lad boxed well, in a contest where both lads stood toe-to-toe and knocked each other all over the ring,” said Plant coach Ken Blood. “But Baghurst produced the smarter boxing in the latter stages.”