Josh has his eyes on Tokyo 2020

Josh Holmes in action during his final
Josh Holmes in action during his final
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Earby’s Josh Holmes is on the path to becoming Team GB’s next Olympic hopeful after being crowned England Senior Development Championship king with victory over London titlist Jerome Campbell.

The 21-year-old, who has held the Yorkshire area title strap for two years, earned his place in the finale at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre having beaten North West and Tyne and Wear champion Jason Weir in the quarter-finals and East Midlands supremo Michael Jephcott at the semi-final stage.

The 60kg amateur fighter, who trains out of Eastburn ABC, dominated the three-round contest.

“The lad we were boxing was very cagey,” said coach Naz Jalil. “He was a hit and move type, trying to score points before getting out of there. It was a tactical game.

“Josh dealt with it very well though. He cut off the ring, kept him toe-to-toe, had him pinned to the ropes and worked from head to body fantastically well.”

The ideal scenario for Josh, who has won 21 of 25 outings, is to push him into contention for representing Yorkshire.

From there the hope is to enter the lightweight pugilist into the Open ABA Championships and the Tri-Nations Championships where he can then move on to representing his country across Europe.

And Josh and his team are targeting the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“The ideal scenario is to win the ABAs first and gain selection for the Great Britain squad,” said Jalil.

“There’s definitely scope for him to fight at the next Olympics. That’s certainly our target.”