Torbay boxer Ben Andrews added to his Elite National Champion title when he became the New Elite GB Three Nations gold medalist at the weekend.
Ben, who trains at Torbay Amateur Boxing Club in Hele, Torquay, was in Wales to win gold and take the Elite GB Three Nations Champion title.
This comes just weeks after he secured the Senior National Elite Champion title.
Darrell Asplen, head coach at Torbay ABC, said: “Torbay Amateur Boxing Club, and the whole of Devon, are so proud of Ben.
“Unbelievably, in the space of a few weeks, he is now the Senior National Elite Champion – 86kg, the Elite GB Three Nations Champion and gold medal winner.
“To anybody that thinks because you live in the South West, and Torbay in particular, you will never achieve national status, this goes to show that with hard work and dedication, you can achieve anything.”
Darrell spoke of Ben’s fantastic few weeks.
He said: “Ben had a warm-up fight for the championships taking on the very talented, Lewis Scutt from Blue Flames.
“Lewis had had almost four times the number of bouts as Ben, remarkably, Ben won the bout by a unanimous decision, giving him a standing eight in the second round.
“Ben then moved into the quarterfinals of the Elite Championships where he took on the reigning champion, Chidi Amanna from Britannia Boxing Club. This was a hard bout with Ben winning on a split decision.
“Ben then proceeded to the semi-finals, where he then took on the hard-hitting Timothy Ola from Romford. Once again this was a real battle, with the bout swinging one way then the other, with both boxers landing heavy blows.
“In the second round with Ola pushing forward, Ben slipped a big right hand and countered with a massive back hand himself, sending Ola to the canvas.
“Ola tried to get to his feet but was unable to and was helped up by the referee, with Ben wining the bout by second round KO.
“Ben then went on to the final where he met the very talented GB boxer Tegan Slott, from Sheffield Boxing Club.
“Ben took the bout to Tegan for the first two rounds landing some very solid body shots and solid jabs to the head: backing his opponent up for the first two rounds.
“In the final round, Tegan tried to up his game as he was clearly two rounds down, this resulted in an action-packed last round.
“With Ben Andrews wining the bout by way of split decision, to become National Elite Champion – 86kg 2022.
“This is a remarkable achievement considering that, since 1881, no one from our region has ever won this prestigious national title.
“To put into context, the quality of this championship, previous winners were Tyson Fury, Antony Joshua, Carl Froch, Frank Bruno, Henry Cooper, and Ricky Hatton.
“A massive well done to Ben Andrews for putting Torbay in the spotlight by wining the National Elite Championship and the Championship belt.”
Since becoming the senior Elite National Champion in the space of a few weeks, Ben was selected to box for England in the Elite GB Three Nations Championships in Wales, where his first bout was against Aaron Bird, of Wales.
Darrell said: “Ben boxed magnificently against a very experienced opponent, taking the win, and progressing to the final, where he met Ronald Delvin, from Scotland.
“This was a very exciting bout with both boxers standing toe to toe and not prepared to give an inch.
“Once again, Ben deservedly won the bout to take the gold medal and become Elite GB Three Nations Champion.”
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