Hot boxing prospect Stan Stannard enhanced his growing reputation by becoming East Midlands middleweight champion on Sunday.
The 19-year-old defeated reigning national champion Derrick Osazemwinde in the district final at Mansfield and now goes through to the national quarter-finals.
It was Stannard’s biggest fight to date against a very high quality opponent from the Nottingham School of Boxing who already boasted national honours on his CV.
He said: “I really want to thank all of the people who have given me their time and support.
“I hope that I can reward their faith by going further in the competition.”
Stannard cruised to a unanimous points victory in the semi-finals at the Railway Men’s Club, in Leicester, last Thursday. He beat Stamford’s Craig Brewin (21) in the top-of-the-bill fight, to set up the showdown with 22-year-old Osazemwinde.
The up-and-coming boxer underwent an intensive training schedule with coaches Kev Sheehan and Garry Winning in preparation for a possible sequence of two fights in four days and was given a break to train by employers KS Composites, of Long Clawson.
He thanked them by delivering a flawless performance to win 40-36.
Stannard was again given top-of-the-bill status in the final at the John Fretwell Centre.
The four-round bout was hard-fought with both men having dominant spells before switching to defence to repel their opponent’s attacks.
Osezemwinde received two warnings for lifting his opponent off his feet when defending Stannard’s sharp punching attacks.
The Vale of Belvoir boxer faded slightly in the later stages, but still managed to land the cleaner punches while avoiding the onslaught from his more experienced rival.
After an excruciatingly long wait for the verdicts, the judges awarded Stannard the verdict on a majority decision.
A prized maiden belt may be in the locker, but he is already looking towards loftier ambitions.
Despite the inevitable mental fatigue and associated aches and pains from his intense recent schedule, back-to-back victories against top quality opposition has left Stannard full of confidence.
“It is great to have won the local title, but my desire is to bring a national title home,” he added.
“I will be working really hard over the next couple of weeks to be at my peak for the next stage both mentally and physically.”