Navy Boxer Retains Belt At GB Boxing Championships

George Crotty was successful at last night's event in Sheffield.

The defining moment of the fight as the winner's hand is raised in victory (Picture: Royal Navy).

A Royal Navy boxer has retained his Light-Heavyweight Championship at the GB Boxing Championships in Sheffield.

Marine George Crotty won the belt at last year’s event against Harry Woods, but defended the title against Patrick Allen-Cripps last night.

The champion was unanimously crowned the winner after an impressive three rounds of boxing.

Marine George Crotty is a previous winner of the Navy Sportsman of the Year Award.

The first round went in Crotty’s favour as he landed some big shots including a swift left hook that had Allen-Cripps reeling.

However, the Team England athlete came out fighting in the second round, taking the match to Crotty with some attacking foot-work. Despite the advanced position, Crotty defended himself well with some very quick footwork to avoid any big punches.

The third round was a very even affair. Allen-Cripps knew he had to land a big punch to get the win, but Crotty refused to back down and got in some swift jabs of his own.

At the end of the round, both men lined up for the decision and Crotty’s hand was raised for the win thanks to a unanimous decision from the judges.

After the fight, a very proud Navy team were quick to celebrate Crotty's win on social media.