Cauley Suttie - moving on to a new challenge
BOXING: Cauley Suttie’s hopes of winning the England Boxing Junior Development Championship at Rotherham on Saturday were ended when he had to give best to a fighter tipped for big things.
Dewsbury’s Amaar Akbar won a unanimous decision after twice forcing the Thames Valley ABC boxer to take counts, and although the 15-year old Suttie did his best to get back into the contest, he had to settle for adding to his learning curve.
The taller Akbar used his longer reach to good effect and, said Thames Valley head coach Paul Cooke: “We had a good game plan but he was a little bit quicker and Cauley got caught in the first and had to take a count.
“He was a bit disheartened when he came back to the the corner and said ‘how can I win now?
“We told him there’s still two rounds left and he went out and threw his punches and combinations.
“But Akbar came straight back with a big right hand which kept catching Cauley and he did that in the third round as well and Cauley had to take another count.
“I ave to tae my hat off to him, because he outboxed Cauley. I watched all of the 18 bouts in the class A and he was definitely the best boxer of the lot.
He will go a long way and is a very classy young man, but Cauley worked hard to get to the final and deserved to go there.”
Suttie will now have a short break before embarking on the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Championship with the opening stage to be held in Hampshire at the end of the month.