Boxing: PJ Stubbs retains Yorkshire crown in bruising York encounter

NADV 1403251AM1 PJ Stubbs. Rossett Yr.13 student Peter Jack(PJ) Stubbs who has won The Yorkshire Heavyweight boxing title at the age of 18. Picture: Adrian Murray. (1403251AM1)
NADV 1403251AM1 PJ Stubbs. Rossett Yr.13 student Peter Jack(PJ) Stubbs who has won The Yorkshire Heavyweight boxing title at the age of 18. Picture: Adrian Murray. (1403251AM1)
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Harrogate boxer PJ Stubbs landed a knock-out blow to retain his Yorkshire Heavyweight amateur crown last week.

Stubbs retained the belt with victory over York Boxing Club’s Tom Mulvanne at the Tramways Working Men’s Club in York.

The 18-year-old floored his more experienced opponent with a body shot in the opening round before sending the York boxer to the canvas again in the third and final round, with another body shot.

Stubbs was given a two-minute breather in the second round after 29-year-old Mulvanne caught him with a shot below his belt.

Coach Jon Lewis said: “It was one of the toughest fights I have seen. These two young fellas battered each other.

“The place was absolutely buzzing. The atmosphere was electric throughout the fight.”

The Rossett School pupil is now one win away from earning his belt for keeps.

Lewis added: “If you think about how big Yorkshire is, and bearing in mind he’s only 18, it’s a great achievement.

“He’s fighting big, 15 stone men who have had a lot of fights.

“When you look at the guys he is going in the ring with, I do think, should we be putting him in with them.

“But PJ can box really well. He’s an unbelievable fighter.”

Fellow Harrogate Boxing Club amateur Jon Patrick Harker also fought on the card but the young boxer lost on a narrow points decision against Yorkshire ABA champion Charlie Hall, of York.