Butler impresses on national stage

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 18 February 2013 Updated: 18/02 14:30

DROITWICH Amateur Boxing Club's George Butler came away from the National School Championships with his head held high after reaching the quarter-finals.

The impressive 12-year-old lost out to the vastly more experienced James McMeekin (Bishops Auckland) in Liverpool, but gave his all across three hard fought rounds before going down on points.

At a well attended home show in Stoke Prior, the club had 13 boxers on display.

Michael Pardoe topped the bill against Walsall's Danny Breeze and it proved to be a superb contest between the two with the visitor just coming out on top.

There was disappointment too for Anthony Badams, Aaron Beckford and Lewis Vine who all lost, but they all showed plenty of promise in entertaining bouts. Vine quickly bounced back to overcome Chris Preece (Ludlow) a few days later, proving he has plenty of heart for the fight.

Amongst the juniors at Stoke Prior, 15-year-old Paul Butler stood out. Boxing skilfully against an aggressive opponent from St Helens, he won comfortably on points and then did it again four days later at Stoke-on-Trent when outpointing local hero Jack Bettany.

Harry Smith, 15, and Tyrone Manley, 13, both had first round wins at Stoke Prior against opponents from Derby and Devizes respectively, Smith boxing again a week later at Shrewsbury where he narrowly post on points in a very hard contest with Lewis Jones.

There were good wins at Stoke Prior for Richard Evans, 13, and Liam Jones, 11, who outpointed boxers from Derby and Devizes respectively.

Wayne Smith, 15, boxed brilliantly before running out of steam and losing on a split decision to Coventry’s Luca Astolfi whilst Solomon Butler also lost a close one to Jack Jones (St Helens).

James Taylor, 12, and Joe Doyle, 10, both boxed entertaining skills (no decision) bouts, demonstrating the wealth of junior talent at the club.

Droitwich Amateur Boxing Club is now opening on Sundays (5.30pm to 6.30pm) with the main focus on junior beginners. Children from the age of nine are welcome and further information is available from Chris Andrews on 07961 375903 or by emailing

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