MARIUSZ PIWOWAR is one fight away from reaching the final of the Novice Championships after celebrating another fine victory over the weekend.
The Royal Leamington Spa boxer came up against Chesterfield ABC’s Liam Carling in Scunthorpe in what was a thrilling quarter-final clash on Sunday but it was the Midlands champion who came out on top.
“It was his best performance yet,” said Ollie O’Neill, head coach at Royal Leamington Spa ABC. “He deserves to be where he is because he’s trained hard to get there.
“The lad he boxed was strong and he could take a punch but in the end Mario out-boxed him.
“He’s hit a god bit of form at the right time and he’s happy with how he is boxing. Mario has fought in every round and that breeds confidence.
“It’s going to take something special to sop him now. We’ve got a good team of boxers now and we’re hopeful of more success in the future.”
Piwowar, 23, will face either Tomiwa Magbagbeola, Jordan Gaunt, Joene Blake or Westley Metcalf in this Sunday’s final four showdown in Doncaster.
Another Leamington boxer through to Sunday’s semi-final is Michael Jephcott who beat Lewis Holland to progress into the final four.
Also preparing for a trip up north to Doncaster is Bella Madden who made it through to the final four in the female section after getting the better of Shannon McCarthy.
Madden, who trains at Leamington-based Fitzpatricks ABC, took on McCarthy knowing the Warwickshire and Midland title were both up for grabs.
Fighting in Solihull last Friday evening, Madden demonstrated how hard work pays off with extra training sessions helping her to a unanimous points victory.
It all came together for Madden who beat a determined opponent to set up a semi-final clash with Natasha Taylor.
Other Leamington boxers also in semi-final action in Doncaster are Sean Leahy (Fitzpatricks ABC) and Jade Yeomans (Royal Leamington Spa ABC), while Morgan Answell (Clearys ABC) takes on Ellie Hibbert in the national final.
*AS REPORTED IN LAST WEEK’S LEAMINGTON OBSERVER LEWIS HOLLAND HAS NOT BEEN A WORLD KICKBOXING CHAMPION.