Watson packs a punch

SAC Adam Watson

SAC Adam Watson

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A CONINGSBY boxer has been crowned a national champion – after being told he’d never make it in the sport.

A CONINGSBY boxer has been crowned a national champion – after being told he’d never make it in the sport.

Nineteen-year-old Senior Aircraftman Adam Watson fought his way to a 22-14 points victory over David Still, from North West Counties, to become the Amateur Boxing Association light Middleweight National Class B Novice Champion.

Speaking after his victory in Ilford, Essex, last week, Adam, who is based at RAF Coningsby, said: “I began boxing at the age of 16.

“It was at this stage I was advised to focus on playing football as I would never make it as a successful boxer.”

Upon joining the RAF in October 2008 as a mechanical transport driver, Adam rekindled his passion for boxing by representing the RAF at the Class A Novice Combined Service Championships in 2009, where he narrowly missed out on victory.

Following this defeat an ever determined SAC Watson went a whole year with only one further defeat in 13 contests.

Adam added: “I’m delighted to have won the championship, all my hard work has paid off.

“I hope to continue boxing for the rest of the season, however I’m due to go to the Falkland Isles later this year.”