Morgan is boxing club's latest champ
Morgan Baber receives a certificate confirming her title.
TEENAGER Morgan Baber has become the latest member of Downend Boxing Club to win a national boxing title.
The 16-year-old won through the England Boxing development championship rounds to the final which took place at the Spiceball Leisure Centre, Oxfordshire on October 27.
Morgan, who trains at the club's base in the Harry Crook centre, Fishponds, forced the pace against the taller Manisha Sanghera of Newcastle.
From the first bell Morgan threw an effective straight right hand, the classic answer to a southpaw boxer which prompted two protection counts from the referee in the all-action, three-round contest.
Taking a unanimous points decision, Morgan said afterwards: "I'm so, so happy.
"Thank you so much to everyone who’s supported me, and a massive thank-you to my Downend coaches for helping me get this title."
Morgan will now work towards the England Boxing open National Championships later in the season.
She won her place in the final courtesy of a semi-final win over Elizabeth Dunster of Evolve boxing club of Buckinghamshire in Swindon a week previously.
Boxing behind a strong jab, Morgan prompted the referee to give her opponent two protection counts, before taking a unanimous decision to win herself a place in the finals.
That bout came shortly after Morgan had represented Western Counties against an Irish side from County Mayo. Taking on the vastly more experienced Irish international Aimee Carey, Morgan went for her taller opponent from the first bell and scored some quality shots. But the Mayo girl’s experience came to the fore with skilful movement and using her long reach to land eye-catching blows, although she admitted afterwards that the contest was her hardest yet.
Morgan's success came after another Downend Boxing Club fighter, Jude Moore, has taken to the ring for his final contest representing the club.
The talented 16-year-old from Hillfields has left to join the Army Foundation College, in Harrogate.
He signed off with a victory on October 4 at the Bristol Sporting Club. He faced the ever-improving Torbay boxer Liam McClusky, who gave Jude a great contest before experience paid off and the Downend boxer took the decision.
There was also a new beginning for former Downend boxers Jake and Ben Demmery: the twins, from Yate, made successful professional debuts under the Chris Sanigar stable at Whitchurch Sports Centre.
Ben and Jake had been with Downend for 12 years, amassing 120 bouts between them.