This past Sunday 24th March, TBS Year 11 Student Mark Benham became a national champion at the England Boxing National Junior Championships in Rotherham (near Sheffield), after winning his bout in the Junior Male Under 66kg category. This means Mark will now represent England for at least in year in competitions.
Mark, who trains with the Blandford Amateur Boxing Club, began his journey to this national title in Barnstable, in a box off for a chance to compete in the Western Counties final, which were held in Bristol. Mark qualified, and competed in the finals in Bristol, where he became the Western Countries Champion. The semi-finals for the national championships were held just the day before the final, on Saturday the 23rd March, where Mark managed to beat a tricky opponent on a points decision. Mark; the first ever England Boxing Junior Champion to come from Blandford, also defeated his impressive opponent on a points decision to win the championship.
Mark has spent his entire life in and around the boxing ring, and started competing at the age of 10. Mark’s next bout will be his England debut at the 3 nations championships held in Cardiff on the 2-4th May.
A huge congratulations to you, Mark for this outstanding achievement!