Scarborough’s Harry Ingle flew out to Ireland to represent Yorkshire in Dublin’s National Arena on Saturday.
Ingle, 14, took on home fighter Kain Lewis, who had recently won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Croatia.
The Scarborough prospect, nephew of former IBF and IBO featherweight world champion Paul Ingle, showed little regard for his opponent’s size and home advantage as he boxed beautifully on the back foot to take the opening round.
Lewis showed his pedigree by battling back to take the second round, setting up a thrilling finale in the third and final round.
Ingle waded in to try and steal the win, but was hurt by two big body shots.
Lewis took a split decision victory, but Ingle was proud of his efforts.
He said: “I’m really proud of what I achieved in Dublin.
“It was a close fight, and to lose on a split decision to the European bronze medallist isn’t a bad effort.
“I’ve learned a lot from the fight and I’m only getting better.
“Thank you to my coach John Brownlie, who has spent a lot of time with me preparing for the fight.”
Harry’s dad Dean, who flew out for the fight, was delighted with his efforts.
He said: “Six or seven months ago he’d have folded in this fight, knowing he was fighting the European bronze medallist.
“He did brilliantly though, held his nerves and on another day he could’ve won the fight too.”
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