A CONISBROUGH boxer is living the life of Riley after capturing his fourth successive Yorkshire amateur title, writes Liam Hoden.
Ernie Oxer School of Boxing fighter Lewis Riley, eased to a comfortable points win over Jack Oxley in the Yorkshire Junior ABA finals.
It was Riley’s first taste of the Junior ABA’s after three successive Yorkshire Schoolboy title victories in the last three years.
The 16-year-old was trailing 4-2 to the Hull Fish Trades fighter after the first round, but recovered to lead 10-9 at the end of the second.
He surged on in the final round to triumph 20-14.
Coach Paul Durose was delighted with Riley’s performance. He told the Times: “Lewis moved really well off the back foot and picked his shots brilliantly.
“He just keeps getting better and better. You wouldn’t bet against him winning the Yorkshire championship next year as well.”
Riley progressed to the national Junior ABA 66kg quarter–finals, but his match with Aaron Lovell ended in controversy.
Behind 8-6 heading into the final round, Riley boxed valiantly but the scoring computer malfunctioned, leaving the judges with little choice but to award the bout to Lovell.
Riley’s Oxer School clubmate Luke Crowcroft reached the Junior ABA 80kg semi–final with a narrow win over Coventry fighter Gino Jones.
* ERNIE Oxer School of Boxing are holding a show at the Empress Ballroom in Mexborough tomorrow night.
The cream of the club’s talent will compete alongside other top fighters from across the region in 16 bouts.
Entry is £10 for adults, £5 children with boxing starting at 7.30pm.