A YOUNG boxer is being tipped for big things' by his coach after clinching a national title in impressive style.

Paul Larkin, aged 15, powered his way to the Golden Belt with a hard-fought win over tricky southpaw Adam Greenwood from Leeds.

And having won seven fights from seven and ended the undefeated records of three opponents en route to the finals on Saturday, Paul's coach John Lalley says he can go all the way in the sport.

"Paul is such a strong lad for his age his opponents have found it hard to cope with him," said John, who runs Runcorn Boys Boxing Club.

"Adam caused him a few problems early on because he is a southpaw but once Paul worked out how to get through his defence he was able to knock him out in the third round with a big left hook.

"Paul is such a big puncher but also technically a very good boxer.

"We are looking to put him into bigger tournaments next year now he is the national champion."

Paul, a pupil at The Grange school, was cheered on by friends and relatives as he joined dozens of other young boxers at the 44-bout event at Everton Park Sports Centre.

Fighting in the 54kg category he had taken on and defeated talented opponents from across the country before reaching the finals.

Click here to see a video report of how the Runcorn and Widnes World's Nick Lakeman got against Tom.