Boxing: Loftus defends Senior ABA title

Conor Loftus.
Conor Loftus.
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Burmantofts ABC star Connor Loftus has Tri Nations dominance on his mind after successfully defending his Senior ABA title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool last weekend.

Loftus, 19, was triumphant in the 69kg weight class which was deemed to be the hardest division of them all with all eight quarter-finalists being national champions.

They included Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald but Loftus came through his last eight and last four bouts to meet Birtley’s Cyrus Pattison in the final. Loftus claimed a unanimous decision in what was judged as the bout of the weekend and now goes on to the Tri Nations in Sheffield on May 23 where he will take on the Welsh and Scottish champions.