Hastings talent crowned southern counties champion

Jesse Smith with West Hill Boxing Club coaches Dave Bishop (right) and Mike White
Jesse Smith with West Hill Boxing Club coaches Dave Bishop (right) and Mike White

A West Hill Boxing Club talent has been crowned a southern counties champion.

Jesse Smith clinched the regional title in the Junior Championships courtesy of a unanimous points victory against Denny Smith (Sporting Ring).

The West Hill junior, who had received a bye through to that stage, clearly won every round against the Surrey champion in Ramsgate on Saturday.

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In a fairly cagey affair between two boxers who like to counter-punch, Jesse Smith boxed well and was quite a comfortable winner.

He will advance to the national quarter-finals in Gosport on Saturday March 16, when he will face the home counties champion.