Ventnor Boxing Club members with their new American friends.
AARON McHugh was crowned Southern Counties welterweight champion last weekend — without throwing a single punch.
The Ventnor ABC boxer, 17, was supposed to have touched gloves in the Southern Counties final in Brighton on Saturday but, when his opponent pulled out, he was automatically named the winner.
He now goes on to fight in the quarter-finals of the ABA Championships in Essex, on February 8.
Ventnor ABC have had a busy and successful week as part of an exchange visit with an American club.
Following Danny Green’s visit to Washington DC last year as part of a trip with Portsmouth Boxing Club, the Georgetown University team returned the favour and came to the UK, visiting the IW for the day for training, sightseeing and traditional fish and chips.
Skinny Conroy, one of Ventnor ABC’s coaches, said: "It was great to have them, and to show them around Ventnor. All they wanted was fish and chips and a proper cup of tea."
Over the weekend, the club went to Portsmouth’s Gym 01 club for a night of bouts between the British and the Americans.
Jim Perkins maintained his unbeaten record with a unanimous points win over Mark Williams, while Doug Snape showed massive improvements against Max Cunningham, but not quite enough to secure the judges’ vote.
McHugh, originally going along as a supporter, also got a bout and took on a Portsmouth boxer, narrowly losing on points.