TWO boxers from the district were runners-up in England Boxing’s national championships.
Heckmondwike-based Cory O’Regan and Ismail Khan, who trains at the KBW Boxing Club in Dewsbury, both made it through to the finals of their weight divisions before being defeated in the England Boxing Elite National Championships in Liverpool last weekend. (April 29-May 1).
Light-welterweight O’Regan, who also represents Bradford College Boxing Academy, was finally beaten by number one seed Calum French in the 60kg final after unanimous victories over Yousif Saeed and Jack Brooker in the quarter and semi-finals.
O’Regan, who had entered the contest as third seed, lost the final on a split decision.
Flyweight Khan, who is also a student at Bradford College, progressed to Sunday’s final with unanimous victories over Ryan Briscoe in the quarter-finals and Niall Farrell in the semi-finals before losing to William Cawley in the 52kg title decider.
O’Regan and Khan are both proteges of former Dewsbury professional Mally McIver, who heads up the elite boxing programme at Bradford College.
The three-day championships, which took place at the Echo Arena, are the culmination of the domestic calendar for amateur boxing clubs in England.