DROITWICH Amateur Boxing Club’s Joe Doyle gears up for a tilt at the ABA national crown this weekend, after claiming his fifth Midlands championship title on Sunday.
The 16-year old earned victory with a stunning showing in Stoke-on-Trent, forcing the referee into awarding a TKO after some devastating boxing left his opponent Ekham Dhaliwall unable to reply.
The stoppage of Capital Boxing Club’s Dhaliwall in the third round at the Jubilee Club claimed the 52kg youth cadet title for the Droitwich boxer, proving the perfect preparation in his hunt for further glory in the ABA nationals.
Dhaliwall was perhaps seen as something of a potential stumbling block – having been unbeaten in his last ten fights, but Doyle was unfazed and went straight into the bout on the offensive.
A flurry of body shots and counter punches proceeded to do damage to his opponent right from the first bell – Doyle claiming the opening round.
It forced Coventry boxer Dhaliwall to change his game plan and take a more offensive style, but it would quickly backfire.
The Droitwich fighter only continued to impose himself in the second round – landing a right hand shot to the chin that forced the referee into taking a standing count.
When a barrel of right hooks landed on his opponent, a second standing count of the contest was needed, and it would only serve as added incentive to finish the bout with a flurry of punches that caused the stoppage.
A professional showing from Doyle adds another feather to the cap of the Blessed Edward Oldcorne college pupil, leaving his father and coach at Droitwich ABC – Jayson Doyle, to sing his son’s praises.
“Joe stamped his authority on the fight from the outset and it really was an outstanding performance against a dangerous opponent with an excellent record,” he said.
“He’s in great shape and we’ll be aiming for another strong display when we go back up to Stoke on Sunday to meet the champion from Tyne and Wear in the ABA national pre quarter-finals.”