Levi Raymond through to national semi-final

PUBLISHED: 12:40 27 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:11 11 May 2010

ROYSTON boxer Levi Raymond has won through to the National Junior Novice semi-final. Raymond, a pupil at Meridian School, lifted the Home Counties 57-60 Kilo crown at the Putteridge Rec, Luton. The youngster, boxing for Stevenage ABC, was up against Chesh

ROYSTON boxer Levi Raymond has won through to the National Junior Novice semi-final.

Raymond, a pupil at Meridian School, lifted the Home Counties 57-60 Kilo crown at the Putteridge Rec, Luton.

The youngster, boxing for Stevenage ABC, was up against Cheshunt's Brian McDonnagh who had reached this stage by beating a very good Oxford boxer in the previous round.

The 15-year-old dominated the early exchanges with a very stiff jab and showed excellent footwork by stepping in and catching McDonnagh before moving out of harm's way.

Raymond's fitness was a telling factor and as McDonnagh's work got a little untidy in round two Raymond stepped up the pace and caught his Hertfordshire opponent with two big right hands.

During the third round Raymond switched back and forth from orthodox to South Paw style and he also mixed his attacks to head and body well, running out with a unanimous decision on all three judges' cards.

Raymond will now line up against the London champion, possibly at Bethnal Green's York Hall, on November 15 for a place in the national final.

This win continued Royston's Stevenage boxers' run of form with Marvin Usher winning his third consecutive bout last week against A Agragubi of London's Moneyfield ABC at a show in West Ham.

George Crotty, who aged just 15 is a three-time national champion, has won his last 10 contests in a row.

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