Hull is the next stop for George in his bid to win county crown

Hebden Bridge BC's George Standring
Hebden Bridge BC's George Standring

George Standring fights in the Yorkshire semi-finals of the Junior ABA Championships tomorrow evening (Friday).

Hebden Bridge ABC’s national champion takes on City of Hull’s Kai Gibson, who will be on home territory for the 63 to 66kg contest.

Standring, 14, faces a tough task as one of the youngest in the division, having stepped up from schoolboy level.

However, he has already beaten the fighters in the other semi-final so if he can overcome unknown quantity Gibson he will fancy his chances of county honours.

Standring won his last-eight contest against Halifax ABC’s Arron Greenwood at the Burmantofts ABC show at Leeds Irish Centre on Sunday.

In an excellent contest, Standring gained a majority decision against the year-older, taller Halifax fighter.

“I thought George lost the first round and won the next two,” said Bridge club boss Clayton Varey.

Halifax ABC host a show at their Ovenden base tomorrow and Bridge will be represented by Tyler Brocklehurst, 11, against the home club’s Daniel Finchett at 37kg.

Meanwhile, Bridge are celebrating successes for a couple more of their fighters.

Club newcomer Jack Hurst (17, 60kg) from Queensbury put behind him some recent defeats with an unanimous victory over the Henry Wharton ABC’s John Patrick Harker in a three rounder in York.

Senior Steffan Baxter was too powerful for last substitute Rory Roberts at a Love Boxing ABC show in Lancashire. He gained a unanimous verdict over the Leigh ABC fighter at 77kg.