Shaun’s Olympic dream is still on

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Gainsborough’s Golden Gloves debutant Shaun Hunt was in unstoppable form recently when he faced Ian Jackson Parr (Retford).

The 100kg senior boxer first faced Jackson Parr in a skills bout a few weeks earlier on the City of Hull ABC show on the 9th February, and the Golden Gloves Head Coach Michael Chapman asked for the return after the two impressed the home crowd.

At the Denaby Minors’ Welfare Club in Conisbrough, near Doncaster, Hunt scaled 99.5kg and was in very determined, yet nervous frame of mind. The shorter Jackson Parr was very relaxed and looked very confident, even more so after watching his cousin Michael Chapman sail home in an earlier superb victory.

The bout started awkwardly for Hunt. He was very slow out of the blocks and allowed Jackson Parr to find his range and pick his shots well. There were about eight inches in height difference between them and roughly four inches difference in reach, and Hunt did not capitalise on his obvious advantage.

Trying to pick his shots, Jackson Parr kept the pressure on and Hunt was starting to look a little sorry for himself.

In the second round, it was a different Hunt that came out, looking strong and fiery, and he was the first in the exchanges and forced the little pressure fighter back on the ropes. Jackson Parr tried to fire back, but Hunt had found his range and his reach proved decisive in the exchanges.

Jackson Parr was under pressure when he pulled away suddenly with problems with his gumshield, which forced the boxer to vomit late into the second round. Referee Leigh Goodall issued a count to help him recover and the bell rang out to end the round.

The third round saw Jackson Parr came out all guns blazing, but so did Hunt and after a brief amount of pressure Jackson Parr found himself on the back foot again as Hunt mounted an attack.

Jackson Parr was now in trouble as Hunt upped his efforts, and he caught Jackson Parr with a good punch that forced the referee to jump in to issue the count.

It was evident that Jackson Parr had nothing left to offer as he was exhausted and the referee waved the fight off and guided Jackson Parr back to his corner with Hunt not realising at first that he had in fact won the bout.

Shaun’s manager Simon Hillam said: “Shaun is such a likeable lad, he takes nothing for granted and assumes nothing. We are so pleased for him.”

Hunt said afterwards he hoped this victory could help propel his ambitions to make Britain’s amateur Olympics team for 2012, Although a long shot, it is an ambition he refuses to give up on, and anyone willing to sponsor him can do so by getting in touch with him on