Cameron Lewis earned himself the distinction of becoming Kingsway Boxing Club’s first junior champion, when he claimed victory in the -70kgs final of the Merseyside & Cheshire ABA Junior / Cadet Championships, which were held at Croxteth Sports Centre on Saturday.
Meeting a fighter from Salisbury ABC, Lewis claimed a split decision victory in an enthralling contest that initially looked to be slipping away from him, with his tall and awkward southpaw opponent clearly taking the first round by boxing off the back foot and landing some quality counter shots in response to Lewis’s attacks.
The flow of the contest started to turn in the second round as Lewis increased his work rate, cut down his opponent’s space in the ring more effectively and started to land a few more punches to both head and body.
His opponent however was still dangerous and continued to try and land counter punches at nearly every opportunity.
The third and final round saw Lewis maintain his tremendous work rate, whilst his opposition began to tire.
Although still taking the occasional counter punch, the tactics he started to employ in the previous round were now having a much more noticeable effect, and he finished the round in strong fashion with one particular straight right hand in the final ten seconds rocking his opponent after landing flush.
After a brief, nervous wait for the winner to be announced, the referee finally raised the hand of Lewis, who continues his excellent form in what is his debut season.
However, both boxers deserve credit for their respective performances in what was a very even final.