Boxing: Unity club pair clinch Midlands titles
Beaumont Leys power-puncher Leon Woodstock was crowned Midlands champion after a dramatic win in Hinckley.
Woodstock and Leicester Unity club-mate Brian Madaweni both won their Midlands finals in the ABA Novice championship.
Woodstock booked his place in the pre-quarter finals in Class A at 60kgs with a last-gasp stoppage of Charlie Bradley (Red Corner) that extends the 19-year-old's unbeaten record to eight fights.
Bradley had powered to six straight wins with his non-stop attacks and shrugged off a first-round knockdown to lead on the judges' scorecards going into the last.
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Bradley still led with 30 seconds to go – but Woodstock put together a terrific burst of unanswered punches to snatch victory.
The referee waved the fight off with just two seconds left and, at the time of the stoppage, Bradley led by two points on the scorecards.
The stoppage was Woodstock's third inside-the-distance win in three days. He booked his place in the Midlands final with back-to-back stoppages – a couple of hours apart.
He had to box twice on the same night in Mansfield and made short work of L Price (South Normanton), knocking him down three times in the opening round to force the stoppage.
Woodstock also had Mohammad Hassan (Stamford) on the floor in the opening round of their bout, and he pecked away effectively to build a lead on the scorecards.
Before the last round, trainer Ajmal Butt told Woodstock he needed a stoppage to win and his power-punches sent Hassan crashing to the canvas three times before the referee waved the bout off .
Madaweni secured the Midlands championship win Class A at 86kgs with a points win over D Packer (Bilborough), followed by a third-round stoppage of Z Samad (Birmingham City).
He outboxed Samad for two rounds, then upped the pace in the last to force the stoppage.
Leicester Railwaymen's junior Kai Osman chalked up a good win in Cambridge.
The 12-year-old was matched with Barry Wale (Trumpington) and found his way through the southpaw's defences with right hands to claim a unanimous points decision.
Club-mate Joe Thorpe faces a rematch with Kaylan Abrahams (Far Cotton) in Northampton tonight.
Abrahams ended the Leicester teenager's unbeaten record in a good fight on Leicester Railwaymen's recent show.
Mason Landers chalked up a great win for Leicester Unity on a club show in Coventry.
The 14-year-old stopped Richard Porter (Nuneaton) in the second round of their junior bout at 57kgs to give the club, who are sponsored by Colin Campbell of the Pyramid Lounge, plenty to cheer.