MARTIN Warren of Oakmead ABC, Bournemouth, brings the Western County Challenge belt home with a title victory over Ben Andrews, Torbay Boxing Club, over the weekend.

Head coach John Hamerston and assistant Simon Kerley have moved back to West Howe following a difficult year due to COVID-19, and now one of their senior boxers, Warren, has given the whole ABA registered club a reason to celebrate.

Warren, weighing in at 81 kilos, defeated Andrews with a points decision and will be going into the British Championships in November, fighting on a regular basis with the hope of winning a national belt.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Hamerston said: “He has won all his bouts for Oakmead and is a great prospect and boxer.

“Like him and many young lads from around the area they have boxed for our club for many years and left a legacy for the new youngsters coming through, like David Lewis, a highly thought of welterweight.

“Many of our boxers have gone onto professional and I feel the amateur boxing game gives the youth of today discipline, manners and morals - plus great fitness.

“Myself and Simon travel all over the country with our junior and senior fighters, we have won the Haringey Cup gold medal plus a ABA national titles, and many area titles.

“What Martin has achieved on Friday shows that Boxing is very good for the youngsters in our area to help them with the future.

“The Henry Brown trust has helped us revitalise the club and will be helping all the youngsters in our area improve their future.”

Oakmead Boxing Club is training out of the Henry Brown Youth Club Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6PM onwards.