BOXING: VAUXHALL Motors ABC's Matty Fagan bagged his second national title on Monday, 12 months after he became the first Ellesmere Port boxer in three decades to secure such a crown.
Matty, 16, dramatically defeated Luke Turner, of West Ham Boys Club, 2-1 at Kirkby in Ashfield's Festival Hall in Nottinghamshire with just seconds remaining.
Coach Peter Phelan said: 'With the contest being so tight, we feared Matty might have to endure a countback for the fourth time, but he remained calm throughout and it was just another day at the office for him.
'It was terrific for Ellesmere Port to have a national champion again after such a long wait, but now Matty's gone and won two in different classes and weights.
'Perhaps if Matty had been a bit more disciplined when he was younger, he might have picked up a Schoolboy Championship. But two NACYP (National Association of Clubs for Young People) titles isn't to be sniffed at. Turner is a very cute boxer who is a two-time national champion himself and as a tall, rangy southpaw, he is a difficult opponent.'
With the two boxers adopting similar styles, the opening round was a game of cat and mouse as the pair attempted to draw each other in.
After sizing each other up in a series of feints, the pace was upped in the second round.
But although Turner thought he'd made sufficient contact with a couple of jabs and Matty's corner felt he had scored with some shots up and down the body, the contest went into its final round deadlocked at 0-0.
Phelan said: 'With just 15 seconds left to the bell, Matty threw a feint which Turner responded to and he caught him with a winning right hand over the top.'