Bideford ABC has another national champion to add to the club’s list in 15-year-old Aiden Vitali.

He became the junior national development welterweight champion following the long trip to Rotherham for the final against Joel Smith from Salisbury, Liverpool.

Vitali started in his usual quick way, cutting the ring off and working the head and body. Smith tried to 
box and move but continually had Vitali in his face.

In the second, the pace began to tell as Vitali continually found the target and a flurry on the ropes wobbled Smith and forced the referee to step in and give him a standing count in a dominant round.

Vitali, known for his killer instinct, went straight in for the finish, but Smith showed grit to see out the round.

Vitali kept the pace up in the last, using his feet and head movement to push Smith to the ropes then unleash with fast and hurtful flurries and several big uppercuts which saw the Bideford lad win all three rounds in a dominant display, winning gold in his first attempt at a championship.

Bideford coach Richard Grigg said: "It's a great achievement for the club and more so for Aiden.

"Since joining the club he has had the discipline in the gym and knuckled down, trained very hard and channelled his energy and aggression in the right direction, which has changed him as a person and landed him his first title in a short space of time."