Classy Olly Simpson brings gold to Bradford College

From left, Bradford College AASE boxing programme coach Kevin Smith, College principal Michele Sutton, College boxing development officer Paul Porter and College coach Mally MacIver celebrate the gold-medal success of Olly Simpson, centre

From left, Bradford College AASE boxing programme coach Kevin Smith, College principal Michele Sutton, College boxing development officer Paul Porter and College coach Mally MacIver celebrate the gold-medal success of Olly Simpson, centre

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Bradford College are celebrating the international success of one of their students.

Olly Simpson won gold at the World Youth Boxing Championship in Armenia.

Bradford College Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) student Simpson put in the performance of a lifetime to snatch the flyweight title from hot favourite Jeyvier Cintron Ocasio of Puerto Rico.

Five bouts and five wins in six days in the Armenian capital of Yerevan helped Simpson come out on top in the 17-19 year-old age bracket, and he beat some world-class opponents in the process.

The technically brilliant London 2012 Olympic quarter-finalist Cintron led 7-5 in the second round. However, Simpson had levelled the scores at 10-10 by the third round.

The boxers were also level on countback, and the judges were required to choose the winner according to laid-down criteria, and they went in the Bradford College student's favour.

Paul Porter, Bradford College's boxing development officer, said: “Olly put in the performance of a lifetime to beat one of the world's best boxers.

"Five wins in six days, including defeats of at least three world-ranked boxers, have catapulted Olly to the top of the tree, and he deserves huge congratulations for this. He is a credit to Bradford College and to England.”

Michele Sutton OBE, principal and chief executive of Bradford College, added: “We are delighted at Olly’s success at the World Youth Boxing Championships, and winning gold is testament to not only his talent and dedication to the sport but the level of quality training the College’s AASE boxing programme delivers.”

Also Foundation Degree student Jack Bateson reached the quarter-finals before losing a disputed points decision to Jade Bornea of the Philippines.

Kevin Smith, Bradford College's AASE Programme coach and an England Coach for these championships, was in Simpson's corner alongside North of England coach Martin Utley.

Smith was appointed head boxing coach Nigerian Boxing Federation at the London 2012 Olympics as well as being a former Scotland National Team Coach and England Team Manager.

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