I can retain ABA title, says Gage Demore

Gage Demore
Demore said there was pressure on him to win a second ABA title

Guernsey boxer Gage Demore says he is feeling confident he can defend his Junior ABA Championships title.

When the 17-year-old won the national title last year it was the first time an islander had won a national title.

Demore said he was looking to repeat his success after winning through to the semi-finals next month by beating Danny Calvert at the weekend.

He said: "My head is totally screwed on now and I've just got one goal and one ambition and I've just got to do it."

Demore added: "I was basically the talk of the show. People were saying, 'there's that Gage from Guernsey, he won the ABAs last year' and all eyes are on me and yes there's a lot of pressure."

Demore has moved up a weight class for this tournament, to under 63.5 kg, and forced Calvert to retire in the second round.

He said: "It went very well, it went to plan, I knew I had to perform because it was in London, I was boxing a London lad, it was home judges and I had to put on a performance really and I ended up doing it.

"I just went in there, had a good feeling, warmed up well enough and went in there and did my thing."

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