A YOUNG boxer has been crowned a champion after an impressive display in the ring.

Jonas Railton – known as the ‘silent assassin’ in the boxing community – travelled to Ireland to compete in the Wexford Box Cup earlier this month.

The12-year-old flew out with his father and coach, Anthony Railton, who trains the youngster at Bishop Auckland Boxing Club, on Murphy Crescent.

Jonas faced tough competition but won his semi final bout unanimously after beating an opponent from Clonmel Boxing Club.

He kept his guard up in the final when he faced a fighter from Ratoath Golden Gloves, who had 24 fights under his belt compared to Jonas who only had 13.

The sporting star beat the young Irish fighter on a split decision gaining another title this year and becoming 2019 Wexford Box Cup Champion.

His mother, Becky Race, said: “We are immensely proud of what he has achieved.

“He sacrifices and dedicates so much time and effort to the sport. He is such a quiet and humble young man that takes everything in his stride. He’s not big headed or brags about his success. We couldn’t ask for anything else.

“He’s a credit to the sport especially for his attitude and a credit to his father who is also his coach.”

Earlier this year, the boxer followed in his father’s footsteps when he became the England Boxing National Schools Champion.

Jonas competed in the same boxing competition against the same club his father fought 20 years ago.

The St John’s school student first won the regional final of the England Boxing National School Championships making him the Tyne Tees and Wear Champion.

He then went on to win his quarter-final fight in Bridlington and then at the semi-final in Crawley. before returning back to the town for the final against William Howard, from Repton Boxing Club.

After three 90-second rounds, Jonas was announced as winner, and national champion.

His father said: “I am very proud as his dad and coach. Having reached two national finals myself and not winning, I know how hard the sport is and seeing Jonas from the age of nine and how dedicated he is to the sport he deserves every bit of success.

“I think what’s next for Jonas will be him hopefully regaining his title in the school boys next year and I hope we will see him represent his country.”

The youngster has been boxing for several years and hopes to continue his success after being shortlisted for the Most Promising New Talent Award in The Northern Echo’s Local Heroes Awards. For information about his club search Bishop Auckland Boxing Club on Facebook.