Boxer Nelson is national champion

Nelson Birchall with brothers William and Leighton.
Nelson Birchall with brothers William and Leighton.
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Morecambe’s Nelson Birchall is celebrating after winning the National Junior Championships at 44kg.

The youngster, who trains at Sharpstyle Amateur Boxing Club, Blackpool, defeated Alfie Hedges, of Pinewood, courtesy of a split decision.

Earlier, Birchall had won through to the final by beating John Kerrigan, of Steel City, also by a split decision.

The young boxer will now go forward to a selection camp for England. Birchall is from a boxing family, his brothers William and Leighton also box and his cousin is the WBC International featherweight champion Isaac Lowe.