Super Jake storms to stunning national title

Jake Harrison is pictured after his stunning title win in Sunderland.
Jake Harrison is pictured after his stunning title win in Sunderland.

Trinity ABC have a national champion for the 11th time after super heavyweight Jake Harrison took the National Novice title in Sunderland on Saturday.

After a long and testing run in this year’s championships, Harrison took the crown after a hard-fought final with Julian Bryant of London club Gator at the Nissan Sports Arena.

The 22-year-old had to contend with the taller man’s evasive tactics early on and cut space down to land his own punches.

The Londoner was intent on sneaking crafty scoring punches and staying out of range, but Harrison remained patient and used good lateral movement to cut his man off and then unload his attacks.

After two rounds Bryant, 26, started to tire from Harrison’s relentless pressure and the Trinity star began to cut down the space and land hurtful body punches.

By round three the body attacks had put Harrison in control and Bryant was finding nothing in return.

Harrison kept control in round four as he he sunk solid and punishing body punches, forcing the referee to step in and issue a standing count before the final bell sounded and a clear and popular victory was confirmed by the judges’ scorecards.

Harrison will now look to progress into elite level boxing and will start in the ABA National Elite Championships in February.

Trinity club leader Scott Rafferty said: “Jake has had a fantastic run in this championship beating some very tough men.

“It has given him tremendous experience and confidence and he will carry this through to elite level.

“Everyone at the club is so pleased for Jake. He is such a nice, unassuming person with a deep respect for everyone but he has a big determination to succeed and unbelievable courage. We are all very proud of his achievement.”

Also in action last week was some of the club’s emerging talent.

Josh Tomlin, 15, took his second win in a row as he convincingly outpointed Leeds’ Connor Doherty in Sheffield in a clear and unanimous victory.

Welterweight prospect Sam Patchitt, 20, also won convincingly on the same bill, beating Yorkshireman Luke Wright to make it two wins out of two.

Jordan Lewis, 15, gave his all but missed out on a split decision to Dylan Clegg of Manton BC, while also missing out on a split vote was 16-year-old John Langley who lost to Cale Sunner of Leamington Spa.

Scott Rafferty added: “All the lads have performed very well this week and, win or lose, are gaining great experience, becoming better boxers and learning as they make progress.

“The whole club is on a positive roll as we continue to make progress through what is a very successful season.”