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PUBLISHED: 11:21 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:38 25 August 2010

Boxer Archie Sharp

Bexley 07-04-08 Boxer Archie Sharp

A YOUNG boxer has scooped gold at a national tournament.

A YOUNG boxer has scooped gold at a national tournament.

Archie Sharp, a 13-year-old boxer with Eltham and District Amateur Boxing Club, beat opponents from Scotland and Wales to win the Three Nations championships in Sheffield last Friday.

The unbeaten winner of 11 bouts was selected for the national squad after running out victorious in his weight category at this year's Royal Navy Golden Gloves Championships in Wakefield on March 9.

The Welling School pupil of Charmouth Road, Welling, said: "I was over the moon when I won. It was a shock. I train five nights a week, it's a passion.

"For my weight I'm pretty big and I plan my shots well. Nine times out of 10 I hurt them.

"But I couldn't have done it without all the help from the trainers and my mum and dad driving me around all the time."

The Eltham club has also been celebrating the success of other young boxers.

Sonny Henty, 19, of Halfway Street, Eltham, scooped the National Association of Clubs for Young People class C award on March 14 by winning six fights over two months.

Albert Lee, 12, from Swanley, also scooped an award at the Golden Gloves Championships alongside Mr Sharp on March 9, after winning the under 30kg title.

Senior coach Richard Sawyer said: "Already this season we have been in three championship finals and the two juniors winning theirs is excellent.

"Everyone is feeling really good about it - we're all on a high."

Eltham and District ABC are due to host a boxing tournament in Plastic Red, in Station Road, Sidcup, from 6.30pm next Monday.

Tickets cost £10 with fights due to begin at 8.30pm and finish at 11. For more information call the club on 020 8859 8808.

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