George’s run of success takes him to the semi-finals in Sheffield

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George Standring goes for ABA junior title glory in Sheffield this weekend.

The Hebden Bridge ABC starlet is through to the national semi-finals at Ponds Forge on Saturday with the final at the same venue on the following day.

The 14-year-old Yorkshire champion is up an age group this season but it had little difference in Sunday’s quarter final at Havercroft Sports Centre, Wakefield.

Standring was up against north east champion Morgan Guest from Middlesbrough, who was 22 months older and considerably taller.

However, the Bridge boxer won unanimously to the delight of club chief Clayton Varey.

“He dismantled his opponent - took him to the cleaners,” said Varey.

Standring was notching his fifth win in little more than a fortnight and Varey added: “He’s getting better every time he fights.”

Body shots from Standring took their toll on the Middlesbrough fighter from the start.

Standring then varied his attack and Varey thought he had punched with great precision.

Two fighters from London and one from Liverpool are also through to the semi-finals and the draw for who fights who will be made at Sheffield.

Meanwhile, Dan Safa made a promising debut for the Hebden Bridge club at Sheffield last Wednesday and there was some surprise when a split decision went against him.

The 16-year-old was facing a fellow debutant, Nathan Martin, from a local club, at 52kg.

Martin’s nose bled heavily in the first round and he had to take a standing count in the third as Safa pressed hard but the South Yorkshire fighter got the verdict.

Safa may get a chance for revenge. Varey is keen for his fighter to have a rematch on Hebden Bridge’s show on May 9.