European silver for boxer Ethan
Hillfields boxer Ethan Moore has won a silver medal in the European schools boxing championships.
The championship, held over 10 days in Tbilisi, Georgia, saw the best school-aged boxers in Europe bid for the prestigious medals.
Ethan, 14, from Fishponds-based Downend Boxing Club, gained honours before a punch was thrown when he was named team captain of the 19-strong England team.
His first opponent was an Irish boxer Thomas Ward who came after the Bristolian from the first bell.
Evasive, classy boxing from Ethan across three rounds saw him take a unanimous decision and secure his silver medal place.
In the final he faced strong Armenian S Arakelyan. Ethan began in the same fashion as his semi-final with fast feet and hand skilful boxing,negating the Armenian's strong attacks.
The second round was closer, with the action taking place at close quarters and just taken by Arakelyan.
The final session was an immense exhibition of a boxer against a fighter which split the judges in the Armenian's favour.
Craig Turner, head coach at Downend Boxing Club, said: “Ethan was just quality throughout.
“His dedication that turned him into an international standard athlete was nothing short of outstanding. I thought the roof was going to come off at the Harry Crook Centre, as we watched the live stream from Georgia. He was simply superb.”
Dad Mark was equally as proud: “It's a fantastic achievement to take home a silver medal.
I’m so so proud of my son. The hours and hours of training he puts in to compete at this level for a 14-year-old kid is mind blowing. It's time to rest up now, and I guess he can have a well deserved pizza.”
On his return to the UK, Ethan said: “It’s a bitter pill to swallow not bringing gold back but I’ll come back stronger and become European gold medalist.
“Thank you to everyone that has helped me and supported me on my way to the schools championship, the GB championships and the Europeans. I wouldn’t be where I am now with out the help I get.
“Massive thank you to to the English team for giving me the opportunity to represent my country at the biggest competition in schoolboy boxing. Now it's time to rest up for a couple of weeks before the next chapter in my boxing career begins.”
The England team had a record breaking tournament with 14 medals from a squad of 19.
The success comes only weeks before team mate Ellouise Challenger heads to the youth European championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Ellie has just returned from preparations at a multi-nations camp in Ireland, and hopes are high for another Bristolian medal.