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Newark's Dan Canter boxes among England’s best at England Boxing National Amateur Championships 2019

England Boxing National Amateur Championships 2019 held its pre-quarters, quarter-finals and semi-finals at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden Sports Village and Newark’s Dan Canter was among those making a name for himself.

Canter, trained at Epic Golden Gloves by Esham Pickering, reached the last eight, before dropping out over weight concerns.

The 52kg fighter, who would be fighting at flyweight in the professional game at his current weight, had the support of fellow Nottinghamshire-based fighters behind him, and opened his championship account with a win against Chad Miller, of Chadwell St Mary’s in Essex.

Pickering said: “Dan’s a tremendous boxer. He beat a good boxer [and] knocked him down heavy in the second round.

“Chad showed great will power to last the full three, three-minute rounds, which Dan won unanimously.”

Canter gave a convincing showing at the championships and he said it was a good experience.

Dan Canter (8352440)
Dan Canter (8352440)

“It was a hard one,” he said. “I put him down in the second round and though the referee might have stopped it at that point, but he didn’t, so I had to work for three rounds.

“I probably got the best boxer in the country (Hamza Mahmood) in the quarter-finals, but I’m happy with being the underdog, as I always seem to be.”

The following day, Canter’s weight was heavy and he didn’t want to depress his body to lose the weight as he felt very tired.

“[It was] very disappointing for him,” said Pickering.

“But, Dan has a big future and is proving to be a good puncher along with fast hands.”

Epic Golden Gloves boxer Sonny Steele, 17, of Newark, was also in action as he continued his purple patch with another win.

Steele out-boxed Leon Musson, of Sheffield, at his own show to win on a split decision.

“Sonny boxed superbly and controlled the bout with great boxing,” said Pickering,

“He’s won his last six bouts and is going from strength to strength.”

There was extra delight for Pickering as he received an invitation from the Queen to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

The invitation was tribute to his community work and boxing achievements.

He said it would be a great experience.

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