Super Sam secures national final spot

Sam Patchitt is hailed as the winner in Stoke on Saturday. Photo submitted.
Sam Patchitt is hailed as the winner in Stoke on Saturday. Photo submitted.

Trinity ABC welterweight star Sam Patchitt produced an outstanding final round in his National Development Championship semi-final in Stoke on Sunday to take his winning run to seven and capture a place in the national final in Sunderland this weekend.

Patchitt, 22, faced Northern Counties champion Marciano Mouneimne of the famous St Pauls club in Hull who produced Olympic 2012 gold medalist Luke Campbell.

For the second fight running Patchitt was up against a southpaw boxer but soon adapted to cope with the awkward style.

The first two rounds were close but Patchitt did enough to edge each of them, picking his punches well and finishing each round strongly.

Patchitt knew he had to make sure in the final round and was soon in complete control following a stunning right cross that sent the Yorkshire man to the canvas.

Mouneimne recovered to see out the round but was dominated by the Trinity man who picked out solid punches to take a deserved decision and earn him a fifth consecutive victory in the championship in the space of three weeks.

Patchitt will now travel to Sunderland on Sunday to face unbeaten Southern Counties champion Babatunji Ogiunniya of Cheshunt Boxing Club in Hertfordshire at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

This venue has hosted ABA finals, England internationals and several professional promotions and is a fitting venue to host a highly prestigious National Final.

Also in action last week was junior star Loui Hemstock who faced a tough test in home town boxer Ryan Tyrer of Telford’s Donnington Boxing Club.

The more experienced Telford lad edged the first round with his greater work rate, but Hemstock had already made his mark with solid punches.

In the second round the Trinity lad upped his work rate and connected with better quality punches to take the round.

In the final round Hemstock put his opponent on the back foot and he again got through with good heavy punches, but a warning just before the final bell for dipping his head too low could have cost him the decision with a decisive point deduction - the Telford lad taking the split decision.

Coach Scott Rafferty said: “Both lads have performed well this week and both have worked hard in the gym and in the ring.

“Sam is now in with a great chance of taking his first national title and will be ready for any challenge coming his way, while Loui will take great heart from his impressive performance and will continue to move forward.”

Both fighters will feature on the next Trinity promotion at the Festival Inn, Trowell on Friday, November 14.

It will be a ticket only event with the costs being £15 for adults and £5 for under-16s. To order tickets or for more information contact Scott Rafferty on 079 5656 5582.