MEDALS galore were claimed by talented North East Wales boxers in international competition.

Cory Jones (Maelor), Samson Cassius Lowry (Clwyd) and Milwyn Duncan Lloyd (Llay) were in the ring in Barnsley over the weekend to represent Wales in the British Junior and Youth Three Nations Championships.

The best young fighters from England, Scotland and Wales took to the ring at the Barnsley Metrodome, with Cory and Samson both picking up silver medals during a successful competition.

Jones opened his campaign by beating English number one Amaan Ghulam 4-1 in the semi-final.

He then went on to box Scottish number one Andrew Sneddon in the final and lost by a 3-2 spilt decision.

Butch Jones, head coach at the Cefn Mawr-based Maelor club, said: “Amaan was very a skilful and tall boxer who used all his skill to move around the ring.

“A very slippery boxer but Cory outboxed him to win the bout.

“Andrew was a very strong come forward boxer and won the first round, the second was close with most coaches thinking Cory had won the round.

“In the third round, Cory outboxed the tiring Andrew to clearly take the round only to lose on a 3-2 split.

“He was proud to bring the silver medal home for his family and the Cefn Mawr Maelor Boxing Club and be the number two in Britain, and can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

Llay Boxing Club’s Milwyn Duncan Lloyd took on England’s Callum Kilmore-Walsh in his under 66kg category and he lost his semi-final via a split decision.

As a result, Milwyn took home a bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Clwyd Boxing Club’s Samson Cassius Lowry was competing in the under 75kg category and he beat England’s Adrian Polis unanimously in his semi-final encounter.

He took on English national champion Charlie Cooper in the final and Samson lost out on a very narrow split decision.

He took home silver and Samson’s dad Tyrone said: “Not bad considering it’s only his fourth bout in 28 months at junior level due to Covid.”

The competition was dominated by England and other Welsh finalists at Barnsley were Josie Lewis, Shay Jenkins, Alfie Lewis, Cole Rees, Gavin Alexander, Ffion Wilmott, Tia Lynch and Joe Williams.