HEADLESS Cross schoolboy Mason Passey got his amateur boxing career off to a flying start on Sunday in Birmingham as part of the England Boxing 2015 Youth Championship show.
Passey, who boxes out of the Jewellery Quarter Boxing Club in Birmingham, was competing in his first ever bout and all eyes were waiting to see the results of the last 12 months of preparation being put into action.
The Redditch boxer started the contest well and showed that his time in perfecting his boxing skills over the past year had been well spent.
The 13-year-old showed tremendous balance and a magnificent variety of attack and defensive techniques throughout the contest.
His opponent from Aston Amateur Boxing Club matched him in every department and, after three rounds of technically adept boxing from both youngsters, it was down to the three qualified judges to pick a winner from the two outstanding schoolboy boxers.
After counting up the scorecards the announcement was made and the judges were all in agreement in awarding the contest to Passey.
Jewellery Quarter Boxing Club coach Mick Maguire said: “It was a very close bout of boxing and both young boxers were a credit to their clubs and the sport of amateur boxing in general.
“They both showed tremendous skill and fitness over all three rounds and behaved in a very sporting manner before, during and after their contest.
“It is great to see two young people representing themselves and their chosen sport with such dignity and respect for each other.”
Passey will be in action again later this month as he has been selected to represent the Birmingham & District boxing team in a county match against Warwickshire.