Slater crowned British welterweight champion

Frankie Slater, 20, of Whitley Bay, is the new British welterweight champion after just seven fights and he is seen with his trainer Barry Norman holding the belt at the Sor Thanikul Gym Thai Boxing Gym in Byker.

Frankie Slater, 20, of Whitley Bay, is the new British welterweight champion after just seven fights and he is seen with his trainer Barry Norman holding the belt at the Sor Thanikul Gym Thai Boxing Gym in Byker.

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A BOXER from Whitley Bay has been crowned the new British champion for his division.

Frankie Slater is now British champion for welterweight after ending the seven-year reign of Mickey Mags.

The 20-year-old, who only had six fights under his belt before the showdown on March 13, ended Mags’ 32-fight unbeaten run.

Slater was the No. 2 challenger for the contest, which took place at Dunston Federation Brewery over six two-minute rounds.

At the end, the decision came down to the judges, and although two put the fight as a draw, the final judge called Slater was the winner.

Slater, who trains at a gym in Byker, said: “I was the massive underdog. I came out and boxed him at his venue.

“In the latter stages he didn’t seem to know what to do and appear to fold at times.

“I was told by some that I won four out of the six rounds.

“I will defend my title in either June of July.

“I’ll either give Mags a re-match or will fight whoever the European Boxing Federation put forward.

“I may even go down a weight division or two and try to win those titles.”

Slater has only been boxing for four years, getting to the finals of the ABA just one year later while living in London.