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Novice ring champ comes out fighting

PUBLISHED: 15:54 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:22 23 August 2010

UNCUT DIAMOND: Cheavron Clarke

UNCUT DIAMOND: Cheavron Clarke

A YOUNG boxer with fewer than 10 bouts to his name has won a national amateur title. Cheavon Clarke, 18, arrived at the ABA nationals in Nottingham just before Christmas with only two fights behind him but battled through seven rounds to emerge victoriou

A YOUNG boxer with fewer than 10 bouts to his name has won a national amateur title.

Cheavon Clarke, 18, arrived at the ABA nationals in Nottingham just before Christmas with only two fights behind him but battled through seven rounds to emerge victorious in the senior novice 81kg division.

The Gravesham Amateur Boxing Club fighter finished the day in style, stopping his opponent, Ashley Vanzie, brother of former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion Bobby Vanzie, in the third round. Len Trusty, head coach at the club, described his young charge as an "uncut diamond".

He said: "If he sticks at it he will definitely do well."

The novice section is for those with fewer than 20 bouts, and Cheavon came up against and beat rivals from across the

country with much greater experience.

Following his success, he has been selected for the Southern area squad to fight teams from across the UK.

Mr Trusty is confident he will move up a level quickly. He said: "He has the right attitude so if he stays committed he has a great future in the sport."

Cheavon is Gravesham's second national champion following last year's success of Olympic prospect Rebecca Donnelly in the 60kg female senior division.

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