BOXING: Crawley’s Wanda becomes Southern Counties champion

Crawley Boxing Club's Southern Counties Youth champion Matarr Wanda with coach Paddy Harmey SUS-150302-101157002
Crawley Boxing Club's Southern Counties Youth champion Matarr Wanda with coach Paddy Harmey SUS-150302-101157002

Broadfield boxing sensation Matarr Wanda took a huge step towards his second national title this season in explosive style on Saturday.

Sussex champion Wanda, 16, travelled to Sittingbourne, Kent for the Southern Counties final stage of the England Boxing Youth Championships, where Surrey title holder Liam Knight stood in his way in the Under 75kg division.

Wanda, who earlier this year won the National Development Title, was in no mood to hang about in his quest to become a two-time national champion, smashing Knight to defeat inside of two action packed rounds.

The bell sounded for the opening round and both boxers ripped into action at a fast pace, each trying to stamp an early authority on proceedings.

It was the Broadfield Bomber who quickly caught the eye with his fast and accurate long range punch combinations.

After winning the opening round Wanda didn’t give Knight time or chance to get back into the contest, a non-stop barrage of heavy shots had the Surrey champion in all sorts of trouble, forcing the referee to step in with a standing eight count.

As the referee signalled for the action to resume Wanda continued with his heavy and damaging punches forcing the official to issue a second standing count.

Before Wanda had the chance to finish the job Knight indicated to his corner that he’d had enough.

Southern Counties kingpin Wanda will now travel to HMS Nelson, Portsmouth this Saturday where he faces Home Counties champion, Connor Wright from Bedford and the chance to progress to the national quarter-finals.