Teenager not pulling any punches in de­but

Stockport Express - - Travel - EMMA CURRY

A14-YEAR-OLD school­boy packed a punch when he en­ter­tained 600 spec­ta­tors in his first am­a­teur box­ing bout.

Hulme Hall Gram­mar School pupil Wil­liam Con­nolly Rogers went three rounds at The Point, Lan­cashire Cricket Club.

The Year 10 stu­dent has been box­ing since he was 11, but has only been train­ing in earnest for a year.

He said: “It was quite a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence hav­ing to walk out in front of all those peo­ple and then to get in the ring and demon­strate my skills.

“The first round en­abled the ref­eree to as­sess whether I was able to de­fend my­self and then the fi­nal two al­lowed us to have a proper fight.”

Wil­liam now trains three times a week at Moss Side Box­ing Club, do­ing high in­ten­sity cir­cuit train­ing and bouts of spar­ring.

He also at­tends RAF box­ing on week­ends, which in­volved a 12-kilo­me­tre run at 6am, fol­lowed by seven hours of box­ing train­ing.

Hulme Hall Gram­mar’s in­terim head­teacher Philip Brad­ford said: “Wil­liam’s com­mit­ment and ●»Wil­liam col­lects his tro­phy and, right, re­ceives in­struc­tion ded­i­ca­tion to the sport makes him a fab­u­lous role model for other pupils.

“We are de­lighted to ac­knowl­edge him and look for­ward to watch­ing him progress.”

●»Wil­liam Con­nolly Rogers in the box­ing ring

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