TWO of the town’s hottest young prospects have proved they can pack a punch after landing national amateur titles, writes Liam Hoden.
Dave Allen Jnr and Luke Crowcroft are both celebrating after winning National Association of Clubs for Young People (CYP) titles.
Scawthorpe’s Crowcroft took the honours in the Class B 80kg field with victory over Alex Hughes at Elland Road in Leeds.
And Austerfield heavyweight Allen captured the Class C 91kg crown at Harlow Greyhound Stadium in Essex with a comfortable points win over Lee Dixon.
The 19-year-old showed no signs of inexperience in what was only his eighth competitive bout as he cruised to a 26-5 win over Llanwit Major fighter Dixon.
The victory capped a fast rise for the big fighter who represents Doncaster Plantworks ABC.
He started boxing at Brendan Ingle’s gym in Sheffield before moving to former pro Glyn Rhodes.
Allen then joined Ken Blood’s Plantworks gym while also being part of the new boxing school at Balby Academy of Sport.
Included in his run of eight bouts was a victory over the current Yorkshire ABA champion.
His rapid improvement has been helped by sparring sessions with Scarborough’s heavyweight prospect Danny Price.
It is the second straight year that Mexborough-trained Crowcroft has captured the CYP crown, his third national title alongside the Junior ABAs.
The 17-year-old Ernie Oxer School of Boxing fighter gained revenge over Welsh champion Hughes to lift the title.
The two met towards the end of last season with Hughes earning a contentious 3-2 win.
But Scawthorpe’s Crowcroft cruised to a 15-4 points win when honours were up for grabs to continue his excellent development which has seen him touted for professional forms when he turns 18.