Harrogate boxer PJ Stubbs takes 47 seconds to seal gold at Copenhagen Cup

The teaching assistant at Rossett School is aiming to get in the Team GB squad
The teaching assistant at Rossett School is aiming to get in the Team GB squad

Top Harrogate boxer PJ Stubbs won a gold medal at the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark.

The Yorkshire heavyweight amateur champion took less than a minute to knock out German opponent Frederick Gram in the opening round.

PJ Stubbs in action last year

PJ Stubbs in action last year

Stubbs, who works at Rossett School as a teaching assistant, was the only member of Harrogate Boxing Club to travel to Denmark alongside members of the Henry Wharton gym in York.

Fighters from boxing clubs across Europe entered the elimination-style competition but Stubbs and Gram were the only elite heavyweights.

That meant a straight shoot-out for the gold in the showpiece event and Stubbs dominated his opponent from the first punch to claim victory in just 47 seconds.

Stubbs’ coach Jon Lewis said: “They looked like two professional boxers but PJ was just in a different class.

“He stepped to one side and gave him one dig and that was that.

“He was quite chuffed with the result but he was expecting a tougher fight than it was.”

Stubbs will now begin his challenge in the Amateur British Association championships where he can challenge for a place on the Team GB programme.

Unfortunately, the Rio Games of 2016 will come too soon for Stubbs but Lewis predicted his protege would force his way into the British set-up before Tokyo in four years time.

“He’s knocking on the door of Team GB now, it’s getting hard to match him up with anyone ,” said Lewis.

“It’s up to him. I just hope he sticks it out for a couple more years until the next Olympics. He will be good enough to qualify for Team GB. It’s a long way but it’s just whether he has that bit of luck.”.