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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Cumbrian Harris on verge of Thai boxing GB debut

Teenager Jack Harris is in line to make his Great Britain debut in the world championship in Turkey next year after maintaining his winning record in the UK Muay Thai Federation Junior Super League.

Two wins in the latest round of the national competition in Newton Aycliffe put the Maryport Dragons lightweight in pole position for an international call-up on the sport’s biggest stage.

The 17-year-old won the first of the four Super League events in Solihull, in September, and another victory in the third in Manchester in March next year will give him an unassailable points lead in the race for a GB call.

“The other lads are chasing him now but another win will mean no one should be able to touch him. It will make him the best junior Under-18 in the country in his weight class,” said trainer Tommy Collins.

“There was a bit of pressure on him in the latest one but points were on offer and he had to grab them.

“He had two brilliant fights. It’s hard to keep the adrenaline going when fighting twice in a day.”

Dragons’ team-mate Adam Stanger moved closer to a title shot after taking just 20 seconds to put to sleep his latest opponent in Alloa.

The 29-year-old light-middleweight from Keswick hit home with a push kick from the opening bell and knocked out Liam Hunter with strong lefts and rights.

“In his previous fight he got beat when caught in the last round after being miles ahead on points, so this win was good for his confidence,” Collins added.

“If he carries on like that he will be going for the Northern Area title next year, and in two years it will be a crack at the British.

“He has been training with us on and off for three years, but for the past 12 months he has been in the gym every night, and he’s getting the returns.”

Maryport’s Drew Butler, 18, beat Ronny Clarkson on points on his debut in Leeds, while Josh Robley also enjoyed a points win, though fellow nine-year-old Denver Cargo lost a split decision.

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