TWO Worcester City ABC boxers have progressed in the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Championships at the weekend.

Jay Powell and Ryan Jones were both victorious in their bouts, reaching the semi-finals of the competition in their respective weight categories.

Powell faced Connor Hawkins from South Derbyshire Boxing Academy on Saturday.

The Worcester boxer was straight onto the front foot and unleashed relentless pressure with hard shots coming from all angles, using his feet to get in and out of range of his opponent and giving him no space to breathe.

Powell produced his best performance of his boxing career to date and forced the referee to stop the action mid-way through the second round, with Powell declared the winner and through to the semi-finals as there was no opponent to face in the quarters.

On Sunday, also in the quarter-finals stage, last season's National Champion Jayden Bryce faced off with Ireland's Caolite Jones.

The Irish boxer managed to tangle up Bryce and didn't allow him to box in the way he would have liked. The Worcester boy struggled to get going, which was frustrating given he was landing some decent punches.

But it wasn't enough for the judges at ringside, who gave the Irish champion the win via split decision.

Last up was Jones, who faced Hasan Nadeem from Lucky Gloves School of Boxing, a previous gold medal winner in multiple international and national competitions.

Throughout the fight, Jones used his boxing brain and ability to his strengths, cutting off the ring and pinning his opponent down, unloading his shots and moving away.

And it worked in his favour as he caught the watchful eye of the judges who gave the win by a split decision. 

On the Friday, schoolboy Tyler Lawrence travelled across the border to face Welsh schoolboy Myles Taylor of Pontypool ABC at the Welsh boxer's home show. Unfortunately, Lawrence didn't get the decision but it was a great learning experience for him. 

Head coach Mick Underwood said: "A mixture of emotions over the weekend especially with young Jayden but unfortunately it's boxing, we learn from the sport but happy that we still have two boxers in the Semi finals".