TWO boxers from Malmesbury Amateur Boxing Club celebrated becoming national champions at the weekend following their fights in London.

Henry Doran was crowned ABA Senior Novice Super Heavyweight champion whilst Charlie Huckson won the ABA Senior Novice Welterweight title.

Both Doran and Huckson faced fighters from Kent in two highly competitive bouts in London.

Huckson had a very slow opening round against his unbeaten south-paw opponent and came back to the corner having fallen behind by several points.

But in the second round, he caught his opponent with a left hook to the body which resulted in a standing count that proved to be a decisive moment. Huckson gained momentum and piled the pressure on his opponent throughout the rest of the bout to win on points.

Henry Doran has only just qualified for the senior championships having turned 18 a short time ago and was up against 30-year-old Jordan Simpson, who was a remarkable four stone heavier.

Simpson used his heavier build to his advantage and caught Doran with some heavy shots in the opening round causing him to receive a standing count.

But Henry did not crumble and regained his composure, starting to use his superior skill and fitness to his advantage landing some great shots himself. He finished very strongly to win on points and become champion.

"Gareth and I were extremely proud of our boxers today, and they both have the one thing we can’t teach, courage. Amazing, outstanding courage," said coach Mike Rees.

"Gareth’s heart monitor on his wrist hit red during these contests and I for one was delighted to see that it’s true, size doesn’t matter!

"Henry and Charlie, you did yourselves, us, our club, and the little Cotswold town of Malmesbury proud."