Shaun Brown Boxing Academy starlet Jaidan Wyatt made light of a heavy cold to continue his unbeaten record whilst representing Sussex against Surrey at Butlin’s Bognor Regis Resort on Thursday night
Wyatt recorded a points victory over Lawrence Crane from Guildford City Boxing Club to improve to 4–0, plus four skills bouts, and will return to action for the third time in eight days on Sunday on the Fight Knights show in North Cheam as his busy schedule continues.
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The Lancing-based youngster was given the honour of leading his Sussex teammates out for the representative ceremony where both Counties exchanged commemorative certificates under the watchful eye of head coach George Brown. With the formalities over it was soon then time to get down to business, wearing the Sussex vest on for the first time, and tasked with getting his team off to a winning start in the inter-County representative match.
Wyatt attempted to establish his height and reach advantage over the Guildford boxer from the first bell but was frustrated for long spells by Crane who effectively looked to hold and tie him up during the opening exchanges. It was only during the final few seconds of the round that the first significant punches of the contest landed with Wyatt jolting his opponents head back with an eye-catching left hook before swiftly following up with a big right hand.
The second round was spent entirely on the front foot with Wyatt visibly frustrated by his opponents holding tactics resulting in him drawing a warning from the referee for manhandling Crane in the clinches. There were fleeting signs of his trademark precision during the round as the 12-year-old struggled to find his range with the Surrey boy continually spoiling his work with his grappling and holding tactics as Wyatt attempted to force the pace.
The closing round followed largely the same pattern with Wyatt initiating the action from the outset landing a rear hand front hook rear hand combination but once again Crane denied him the room to work. Wyatt again found himself in hot water with the referee, for propelling his opponent to the floor in the corner, but ultimately had done enough to see his hand raised at the final bell giving Sussex the platform to go on to register a 7 – 4 victory over Surrey at the end of the night.
Coach Stuart Smith, who was assisted by England National Talent Pathway High Performance coach Adam Haniver in the corner, said: “Despite winning Jaidan was disappointed with his performance tonight which is what will drive him on to continue to improve. He wasn’t at his sharpest but we have to give his opponent some credit for that and he has been struggling with a cold all week too so I’m sure once he’s put things into perspective, he’ll be proud of this achievement”.