Teenager not pulling any punches in debut
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