Sean Higginson gave a polished performance to ease into the featherweight final of the Antrim Intermediate championships at the Dockers Club on Tuesday night.
The 17-year-old from St John Bosco won the battle of two former Irish junior champions when he defeated Derek Potter of Cairn Lodge 14-6.
“He beat me in a Cadet final a couple of years ago so it was nice to get a little revenge,” said Higginson, who edged the opening round 3-2.
Both men were looking to unload quality blows with very few wasted punches but Higginson’s movement was allowing him to often slide out of reach and come back with his sharp right hand.
Leading 7-4 going into the final round, Higginson was forced to take a solid right at the start of the third but then he moved through the gears.
Leaving his best to last, Higginson uncorked a series of wicked right hands, pulling away for a convincing victory.
Higginson, a student at Belfast Metropolitan, only moved to the Bosco four months ago and it is clearly paying off though he was quick to also pay tribute to his former club St Agnes.
“I got my foundation at St Agnes, they taught me how to box but then I moved to the Bosco four months ago and I’m loving it there,” said Higginson.
“I felt my movement was good and I was very pleased with my performance. Now I can look ahead to the final.
“I like to watch Floyd Mayweather, he’s my hero and I like to copy him but I couldn’t get away with some of the things he does in the amateurs.”
Higginson will start as favourite against Camlough’s Patrick Faloon who defeated southpaw Brendan Magee, of St Bronagh’s, 23-10.
It proved to be a good night for Bosco as James Nolan squeezed through to the lightweight decider.
Nolan, the shorter of the two, got his tactics just right as he repeatedly feinted against Toome’s Enda Kennedy before landing his solid right hand and that gave him a 3-2 lead at the end of the first round.
In the second round Kennedy started to shake off his ring rust and started to slip Nolan’s right hands before countering with his own clean blows, handing him a 5-4 lead going into the final three minutes.
Nolan seemed to tie the contest up almost immediately with another right and then moved ahead with yet another right hand.
Kennedy responded with a furious assault to the body and as the bell sounded there was little between them but Nolan got the nod, 9-8.
Nolan now faces Darragh Hall who won the battle of the Holy Trinity southpaws, defeating Stephen Webb 11-9.
Holy Family’s Ryan Adams was another impressive winner as he moved through to the bantamweight final.
Adams controlled the action with his solid lead and sharp footwork, defeating Colin McKay of St Paul’s 17-10.