Thomas Pogson has been crowned the regional heavyweight boxing champion - and now’s he’s gunning for the national title.
The 19-year-old defeated South Derbyshire’s Ross Hollis on his opponent’s home-town show this weekend to claim the ABA East Midlands Senior Elite heavyweight accolade.
But he believes his work in the ring is far from done.
“I want to win the nationals, I think I can do it,” Pogson - who stepped up to heavyweight this year - told The Standard.
“I’m four fights away and I’ve just got to go for it.
“It’s been a tough time for me lately but I feel like a boxer again.”
Pogson admitted to being hit hard by the recent death of his uncle and coach Paul Johnson - the dad of Boston’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Callum Johnson.
Johnson snr had been Pogson’s coach for the past five years and a father figure in his life since the death of his own dad Chris as an 11-year-old.
“He’s been there for me every day for years, it’s been a bad time recently,” Pogson continued.
“He would have been as happy as anyone for me to win the midlands title. But I know he would still have been pushing me on to try to win the nationals as well.”
Next up for Pogson is the ABA pre-quarters this Saturday, where he will take on St Albans’ Anis Paj in Croxteth, Liverpool. Pogson fights out of Boston Boxing Academy, Fishtoft Road.
The club hosts open circuit and boxing trainbing every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (6.30pm-7.30pm).