Plant Works' boxers ready for Championship battle

DONCASTER Plant Works ABC coach Ken Blood is looking for some knockout performances in Saturday's National Schoolboys' Yorkshire Association Championship preliminaries are Havercroft.

Blood has entered four club boxers in the prestigious event and is hopeful that a couple of them at least will make it through to the National quarter-finals.

Lewis Booth, who will contest the 48-50kg Class 3 division, reached the semi-finals last year before bowing out with a cut eye.

"I'm not saying that he would have won the fight because he was up against a good lad," said Blood. "The two of them could meet again this year and my lad is definitely a better boxer. We've got him boxing now. He's got a lovely left jab and he's picking his punches better.

Nathan Rodgers (34kg-36kg Class 2) is not expected to get as far as Booth did last year but Blood thinks he could do well in future years.

"Because of his size it has been difficult to get him fights and he's only had six, of which he's won two," said Blood. "But he's a lovely boxer and a beautiful mover and he's getting more confidence in himself - he just needs to hit the target with his punches, but that will come."

Jake Goodwin (38kg-40kg Class 1) makes his debut in the event on the back of a 100 per cent record from his five fights to date.

"He's a very good lad," said Blood. "But he's not had many bouts so it depends on who he comes up against.

"But he won't let himself down whoever he fights. He's strong and skilful and I've got high hopes of him - though maybe not this year."

The more experienced Bradley Mitchison tackles the Class 3 50-52kg division.

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