Heros ABC champions Henry Lee and Billy Gaskin with trainers Richard Girdlestone and Mel Payne.

BOXING: Northern grit was not enough to halt the progress of King’s Lynn boxers Henry Lee and Billy Gaskin.

The two 11 year olds, fighting for Heros ABC, both won National Minor Schoolboy ABA championship belts.

After successfully coming through four regional championships, the pair qualified to represent the Southern area against the North in Chesterfield.

Gaskin was matched with William Tyers, of Darlington ABC, and dominated the contest, switching his attacks from body to head, pressing forward with hard and fast combination punching.

After three rounds, the Lynn fighter received the unanimous win, and the national title.

Having seen his talented friend win, Lee was spurred on to box to the best of his ability and put in the performance of his life against highly-rated Lewis Percival, from Empire ABC, Newcastle.

After an even first round, Lee listened to his coach’s advice to pick up the pace and be first to the punch.

After his cleaner and more telling punches Lee was awarded another unanimous decision to make it two titles for Heros.

The boys’ coaches Richard Girdlestone, Mel Payne and Nick Taylor were over the moon with the boys’ performances.

Girdlestone said: “The boys worked so hard on their skill, technique and fitness.

“Both have that highly competitive edge, that makes them a champion.

“To win a national title is so hard to achieve, but this was amazing.”

Lee and Gaskin plan to train harder next season and aim for the ultimate prize, which is to box internationally for England.