Johnstone schools title

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AMATEUR boxer Johnny Johnstone may not go to school but he was a class above in his National Schoolboys Final.

The traveller from Tollbar, aged 12, has already left full-time education but looks destined for a bright future in the ring after securing his first national title at the weekend.

Southpaw Johnstone dominated his final with St Mary’s ABC’s Sam Perfect and eventually stopped his opponent in the second round at Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool.

It was a proud moment for former pro and trainer at Brodsworth ABC Kevin Burton.

He told The Star: “It was a great win for Johnny and we’re all chuffed about it at the club.

“He’s such a polite, nice lad and he helps around the gym with the other lads. It was great for him to reach the final and even better to become a national champion.”

Unbeaten Johnstone forced two standing eight counts in the bout before it was waved off and now has an impressive record of eight straight wins and two stoppages in a row.

Johnstone will now go on to represent England in the Tri Nations and maintains a proud tradition of champion traveller boxers.

n Jake Westlake from Doncaster Plant fights at East Herringthorpe WMC in the Senior ABA Yorkshire final on Thursday.

n More on Johnstone in Grass Roots on Friday.