Oats lands bonus prize after winning maiden ABA Junior Championships title (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Chingford boxer Mikey Oats claimed a bonus £1000 prize from a generous family friend after winning his first ABA Junior Championship on Sunday
Chingford's Mikey Oats won the Class A 40kg ABA Junior Championships title at the first attempt on Sunday, netting a £1000 prize in the process.
Oats, 15, beat opponent Ibrahim Nadim of Bury in convincing fashion in the final at the Territorial Army Barracks in Kidbrooke, landing a bonus prize of £1000 from a family friend.
Unlike most teenagers, Oats will resist the temptation to fritter the money away, according to father Simon.
"A local businessman promised him a £1000 prize if he won so he’s thrilled - he’s a personal friend and a big boxing fan," said Oats.
"I think he’s going to spend it on boxing equipment, I’m not too sure what else; he’s already gone out and treated his brothers."
Oats was never stretched by Nadim in the final and as predicted, found his opponent’s size to be no issue.
"For the whole fight he didn’t let the boy settle, he just didn’t give him a chance to get into his rhythm," explained Oats.
"I think the boy had the about four or five inches advantage over him and a longer reach too but Mikey was his usual explosive, all-action self and it caused him no problem."
Oats, who bases his fighting style on Ricky Hatton, will now take a break until the junior boxing season re-starts in October.
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