Bostan looking to add to Steel City title haul

Junaid Bostan of Steel City ABC
Junaid Bostan of Steel City ABC

Junaid Bostan is looking to continue the gold rush at Steel City Amateur Boxing Club this weekend.

The young Rotherham fighter is in the 41.5kg first year schoolboys final at the England Boxing Schools Championship on Saturday.

And victory at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield will secure a fourth ABA title for the Steel City gym, housed in Sheffield Transport Works just up the road from the EIS.

“The success we’ve had this year has been unbelievable,” head coach Grant Smith said.

“Success breeds success and this proves it.

“We’ve only got six carded boxers so to have three national titles and one finalist is incredible.

“Junaid has been brilliant so far in this championship. We’ve had plenty of comments on how good he’s been.

“There was just one stoppage in the semi-finals and it was Junaid who got it.

“He’s on a brilliant run and he’s going into Saturday with plenty of confidence.”

Dalton Smith, Sunny Edwards and Chris Luteke have all won national titles so far this year fighting out of the gym.

Smith and Luteke both won titles at the England Boxing Youth Championship while Edwards won the England Boxing Elite Championship.

Coach Smith says the success of 13-year-old Bostan has come through his willingness to listen to his gym mates.

He said: “We get compliments all the time that Junaid is a mature fighter.

“A lot of that is because he’s been constantly coached by the older lads in the gym.

“He’s not just listening to me, he’s listening to them too.

“Everyone is giving him pointers and he takes it all in.

“The lads all help each other in the gym.

“Junaid’s really enthusiastic. He travels from Rotherham for training which takes a lot of dedication in itself. And he’s so willing to listen and learn.”

Bostan will take on Gerald Saunders from West Ham ABC.

Smith said: “We don’t know a great deal about this kid because he’s only a first year schoolboy so he’s new on the circuit.

“We’ll see how it goes. Junaid is flying at the minute so he’ll take some beating.

“A win will get him his England vest and he’ll represent his country which will be brilliant for him.”

Other local fighters in action include Doncaster Boxing Academy’s Henry Tyers (38.5kg class A) and Jamie-Lee Davies of Stainforth ABC (72kg class A).