Barnby packs a punch to win junior novice title

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Freddie Barnby gave a knockout performance to win a title at the Eastern and Home Counties Junior Novice Championships in Harlow.

The 11-year-old, from Bury St Edmunds, sealed his first title in the sport by overcoming Hoddesdon fighter Kurt Lee to win the under-34kg weight category.

The youngster, who used to be a member of Eastgate Boxing Club before switching over to a Cambridge-based club, signalled his intent early on in the first round with a flurry of clinical punches before going on to win the remaining two rounds convincingly.

“We are all over the moon and really proud,” said his father Darren. “He boxed extremely well and didn’t put a foot wrong.

“Over the last year in particular he has been extremely dedicated to the sport and this is his just rewards.”