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PUBLISHED: 15:40 12 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:32 23 August 2010

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A 15-YEAR-OLD boxer came second in a prestigious national competition at the weekend Raj Basra, of Marsh View, Gravesend, boxed in the final of the Royal Navy National Championships at Gorse Brook Leisure Centre in Dagenham on Sunday. He lost a close fo

A 15-YEAR-OLD boxer came second in a prestigious national competition at the weekend

Raj Basra, of Marsh View, Gravesend, boxed in the final of the Royal Navy National Championships at Gorse Brook Leisure Centre in Dagenham on Sunday.

He lost a close fought split decision to Thomas Buckley, from Repton Boxing Club, in East London, in the finals of the under 75kg weight class.

The Northfleet Technology College student reached the finals after becoming the Southern Counties Golden Gloves champion earlier in the year.

Tipped as a front runner for Sportsman of the Year at Northfleet Technology College, he said: "The boxing is going really well - it's all I want to do. I don't know if I have a particular technique I just keep moving. I want to take it as far as I can."

His father Manjinder Basra, 36, said: "He's done a lot of hard work for this. I'm really proud of him that he has got so far. Whether he wants to try for the Olympics or box professionally I'll support him."

Raj trains at Strood Amateur Boxing club three or four times a week and has been boxing for seven years.

His trainer Chris Ripley said the teenager boxed a great fight and deserved to win. He said: "The judges announced a split decision with just one point in it. When I stepped off the side of the ring I had Repton supporters telling me that they thought that we had won the bout. I replied 'so did I'. Raj has done me and our club so proud in just one season of opening. He will get the victories he deserves. Keep up the hard work Raj."

His younger brother Gavindeep, 11, has also found success in the ring and is the under 27 kg Southern Counties Minors Champion.

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