Youngster Jack wins regional title

Jack Catlow with dad, Dave.
Jack Catlow with dad, Dave.
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A promising district fighter hopes to represent England in 2014 after winning a prestigious regional title.

Morecambe Community High School pupil Jack Catlow is the new North West Belt Champion in the 60kg class after an impressive victory in Blackpool on Friday night.

The 16-year-old, who now has more than 30 fights on his record, dethroned Burnley’s Jordan Battel after picking up a unanimous points decision to take the title. Dad Dave said: “In the pros you’ve got area belts, Lonsdale (British) belts and then world titles but in amateur terms this is brilliant - it’s the belt everyone wants to win.

“The lad had defended it twice but Jack took it off him, even after he’d sat a mock exam on the same day.

“He’s got the schoolboy championships coming up in January and the winner gets to box for England and that’s the target.He reached the semi-finals of it last year so we’re hoping to do even better this time around.”

A Skerton ABC fighter until six months ago, Jack now trains out of JR gym in Preston and has trained with Morecambe’s unbeaten heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury as well as promising young professionals Isaac Lowe and Tomi Tatham.

Dave said: “He’s done some light sparring with them and it’s great for the area to have so many young fighters coming through.

“Jack’s taking it really seriously. He cycles to school everyday which is nine miles and runs about three 10ks a week.”