Jason sets his sights on 2016 Olympics

Champion: Jason Cunningham on his way to victory over Charlie Hoy 26-13 in the ABA final.
Champion: Jason Cunningham on his way to victory over Charlie Hoy 26-13 in the ABA final.
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DONCASTER’S newly-crowned Elite ABA Under-51kg champion Jason Cunningham has no immediate plans to cash in on success in the ring at Colchester.

The Woodlands-based boxer has set his sights on competing in both the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympics rather than punching for pay.

The 21 year became the first Doncaster boxer since John Iwin in 1991 to win an ABA title when comfortably outpointing England international Charlie Hoy 26-13.

His success is even more remarkable considering the fact that he had spent six months on the sidelines with a hand injury and that his first appearance of the season wasn’t until the ABA quarter-finals.

“I received a bye in the Yorkshire finals and then came up against Joel Spraggs and he gave me my hardest bout of the competition,” said Cunningham. “I was ring rusty and only got through 24-23.”

A beaten Under-54kg finalist in 2009 during his time at Doncaster Plant Works, Woodlands-based Cunningham also became the first Doncaster boxer to contest two ABA finals at different weights.

Cunningham, who won an England vest two years ago, moved clubs earlier this year after ten years with Plant Works and joined the Hull-based St Paul’s Club.

“I just fancied a change and St Paul’s has got a very good reputation,” he told The Star. “It was all very amicable. “I travel over to Hull four times a week and the coaches over there have done a great job.

“But it is not cheap travelling over there what with the price of petrol and I’m looking for a sponsor.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring Jason can contact him on 07837196088.