Ollie lands title
EXMOUTH'S Ollie Kitchen, 16, tore up the form book and saved his best performance for the big occasion when he boxed the bout of his life to claim the Devon, Dorset and Cornwall junior ABA middleweight title in Newquay, on Saturday.
EXMOUTH'S Ollie Kitchen, 16, tore up the form book and saved his best performance for the big occasion when he boxed the bout of his life to claim the Devon, Dorset and Cornwall junior ABA middleweight title in Newquay, on Saturday.In the other corner was old foe Tom Gardner, who handily outpointed Ollie last year - but he turned the tables and this time got the unanimous verdict from officials over three two-minute rounds.On paper Gardner, who had a handy 18-6 record, looked the favourite but he couldn't live with the rapidly improving Ollie, who has now won eight of his last 11.It brings his ledger to 10-7, proving that experience and skill is a more valuable commodity than a glossy record.Left-handed Ollie said: "I just stuck to the game plan - stayed disciplined, using straight punches. He was looking to land the big right and couldn't handle my southpaw style."I just kept it tight and used my footwork. I just couldn't miss him with my right jab."I landed every time."He said that his performances have improved because he lost a stone and dropped down from light heavyweight on the advice of trainers.Now he looks forward on Saturday, to the Western Counties Finals, and Neil Parsons, of Lympstone ABC, said: "He boxed out of his skin, he was superb."If he wins that, he will go on to the National finals.Yesterday Ollie had an interview for Frank Bruno's Boxing Academy, where, if successful, he will be enrolled in a two-year funded college programme -the next step in realising his dream of professional