Unit One Gym’s Thai boxing sensation Joe Le Maire had the perfect preparation as he aims to sign off from the junior ranks with world title glory.
The 17-year-old further enhanced his position as one of the best young fighters in the country by clinching the WBC Flyweight Under-18s National Thai Boxing title with a devastating display against Semtex Gym’s Mo Dieng with a fourth round stoppage victory.
And after becoming one of only a handful of teenagers to lay claim to one of the most recognizable title belts in the sport, the West Suffolk College student has been backed to finish his junior career in style with an IFMA Gold medal at the World Championships in Bangkok in August, having previously won silver.
“We are really proud of Joe, it was his last chance to win the title as a junior and so it was great he managed to do it,” said Unit One coach Richard Gent on Le Maire’s national success.
“It was a really evenly contested fight. He was much taller which makes things tricky but Joe won every round before causing a stoppage in the fourth, we couldn’t have asked for more.
“Joe has consistently stayed at the top level and hopefully he will now continue that at the World Championships.
“He took silver before but we feel he has a better chance this time round and to win gold would be a great way to end his time in the junior ranks.”
And although his successful journey in the junior ranks is coming to an end, Gent is confident Le Maire will be in good stead to match his achievements when he moves into the senior professional ranks.
“After the worlds he will stay out in Thailand and have some professional bouts before returning to turn professional full time,” he added.
“He will remain with us and the aim will be to match the same achievements he had at junior level at senior level, that will definitely be in his sights.
“Joe has been among the best in the country for a long time and has beaten the best on offer without ever being outclassed.
“That ability should transfer over into the professional ranks and so going forward things are looking good for the future.”
n Attleborough Boxing Club’s Milo Clay clinched a bronze medal at the Pirkka tournament in Finland but was denied challenging for more due to injury.
Having reached the semi-finals, Thetford-based Clay was involved in a coming together with his opponent in a non-punch related clash leaving the youngster with a badly swollen eye.
As a result the judge stopped the fight to deny Clay any chance of progressing through to the final, leaving him with the consolation of joint-third place and a bronze medal.
n Mildenhall-based Max Hawes successfully defended his 73kg East Anglian unaffiliated title against former professional Paul Morby, from Portsmouth, at his Eddie’s Gym’s white collar boxing home show in Newmarket on Saturday.