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David Vs Goliath: Army Man Takes Down Huge Opponent To Win Boxing Belt

The British Army's Lance Corporal Josh Woods has successfully won the English Title Series belt, despite his opponent boasting a huge weight...

The British Army's Lance Corporal Josh Woods has successfully won the English Title Series belt, despite his opponent boasting a huge weight advantage.

LCpl Woods, competing in the 91+ kg category, was one of the forces boxers in action at the recent Army vs England show at Leconfield.

His opponent was the towering Hosea Stewart, who weighed in at 135 kg - around 35kg heavier than the military man.

Fellow Army boxer 'Natty' Ngwenya took to Twitter to congratulate his team-mate

The super heavyweight, who is based in Paderborn with 1st Battalion, the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (1 PWRR), said:

"He's a big guy... but I knew what to expect with him and I knew how to combat it - and [I've] obviously done it efficiently."

LCpl Woods added that he was feeling good going into the fight:

"[I] was feeling confident. [I] came out [in] the first round, just stayed a bit on the back foot, just watching him to see how he moved.

"[I] started off well but in the first minute he did clock me with a big shot and I'm not going to lie, it did buzz me a little.

"[But I] stuck to the game plan, didn't change it.

"I do like to scrap and have a bit of a fight so in the last minute and a half I did go to... war with him on the inside... [In the end] I've done enough for the win."

The two boxers' teams couldn't ultimately be separated, however, with England and the Army winning three bouts apiece.

 

Hosea Stewart did have the consolation of being named Best Runner-Up, while his team-mate Charlie Frankham was named Best Boxer.

LCpl Woods added: "[I'm] really proud of the effort and the team's effort on the night."

With thanks to the Army Boxing Association for imagery.

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