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Youngster reaches last four for Sheffield Hallam University

A former Downham Academy pupil stepped into the boxing ring to represent his university at the weekend – and marked the achievement with a semi-final spot.

Representing Sheffield Hallam University at the British University Boxing Championships, in Walsall, Saul Holland reached the last four.

Holland, 20, only took up boxing when he left West Norfolk for Sheffield in September 2017 and had his first competitive fight in March last year, fighting for Sheffield City Amateur Boxing Club.

Saul Holland 2 (6986322)
Saul Holland 2 (6986322)

After winning Sheffield Varsity at light heavyweight in March last year, the towering six-foot six-inch Holland was selected to represent his University in the British University Championships.

Holland had his first bout in February last year and had a record of four wins and two losses going into the championships, including successes on the road in both York and Belfast.

On Friday evening, Holland won his first fight at the championships by dominating from the centre of the ring and used his jab to great effect.

Free flowing combinations and a solid defence ensured that he won unanimously.

He was then matched against the favourite and eventual winner Cardiff University’s Mercedes Kamera in the last-four contest on Saturday.

Saul Holland 1 (6986320)
Saul Holland 1 (6986320)

Kamera started brightly on the Saturday afternoon and forced Holland to miss shots as he danced around the ring.

Holland started to even things up in the second and in the third after the slower start, but it was not to be as Kamera’s arm was raised.

His victor went on to win the light heavyweight title on Sunday afternoon.

The youngster is due to box on the Varsity Show in Sheffield on March 21 and will also compete in the English senior novice championships in September.


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