Chingford boxer Oats reaches national finals

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Michael Oats is through to the National Schools Boxing finals Michael Oats is through to the National Schools Boxing finals

Teenager Michael Oats has reached the finals of the National Schools Boxing Championship.

The 13-year-old Chingford boxer defeated Joe Tindall from St Marys 20-3 at Feltham at the weekend. The comprehensive win has seen Oats go through to the final in Nottingham on Saturday.

Repton ABC boxer Oats, who has been boxing for just over a year, was competing in the 30kg competition and his father expects him to go all the way.

Simon, who is a former boxer, said: "It was an excellent performance from him. I really do think that he is going to win in the final."

Mohammed Sheeraz is also through to the finals after beating Western Counties champion Brad Imgram.

The 12-year-old from Ilford punched his way through to the finals with a display of technique, skill and variation of punches.

The Under-44 kg youngster dominated every round and finished with a score of 14-5 against a very game opponent. In the final he will face unbeaten Patrick Birkenhead from Liverpool Rotunda Boxing Club.

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