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Esham Pickering praises Newark's Sonny Steele as he secures East Midlands belt with win over Derby boxer Jon Lewis




Sonny Steele has secured the East Midlands belt after a unanimous points victory over Derby boxer Jon Lewis.

It was the third win in as many weeks for the 18-year-old, who eased to points successes against 24-year-old Jon Bradley and 26-year-old Mula Muletta in the weeks leading up to the Midlands title fight.

The Newark amateur fights out of Epic Golden Gloves, on Millgate, and is trained by former professional Esham Pickering, who was full of praise for his fighter.

SONNY STEELE, pictured with the belt after his East Midlands win, celebrates with his team, including twin brother, Danny (right).
SONNY STEELE, pictured with the belt after his East Midlands win, celebrates with his team, including twin brother, Danny (right).

“He schooled him, absolutely schooled him,” said Pickering, who has trained the aspiring pro for more than five years.

“Jon was 24 and Sonny is only 18 — there was a gap of experience and you wouldn’t have known that on the night.

“He has been on such a good run, getting wins in Doncaster and Wolverhampton leading up to this and, on the night, he just took that confidence and won every single round.

“He was always comfortable. He has come on so much.”

Pickering compared the success of Sonny to his twin brother, Danny, who also fights out of Epic Golden Gloves.

Danny has represented England as a youth boxer and holds the Central Area 75kg belt, the step above the East Midlands title.

“It’s no secret Danny has been more dedicated of the two, but Sonny has shown what he can do and he is coming good now.

“They are really good competition for each other and that is a good thing — and there is never jealously there.

“Danny was so delighted for him. They are behind each other all the way.

“Obviously, they would never fight each other, but it is a really good turn around for Sonny.

“The plan now is to get more fights in and keep him active.

“The season ends in May, but with the coronavirus it looks like we will be out of action for at least a month.

“England Boxing say shows won’t take place until further notice, so it gives him a chance to train and rest before coming back.”


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