STEPHEN Shaw was crowned Home Counties champion after out-pointing Bushey's Danny Ling in Saturday's final at Stevenage.

The 12-year-old Marlow fighter won a unanimous points decision and will now meet the winner of the Middlesex final in the next round of the 45kg to 48kg competition.

Shaw went straight on the attack and won the first round thanks to his stiff and solid left jab.

Ling came back at him in the second but was soon put back in his place by Shaw's right crosses as the Marlow fighter took that round as well before going onto boss the third and final round.

Elsewhere on the fight scene, Marlow's James Hearn bounced back from his controversial defeat in the English Novices semi-final with a victory against Metropolitan Police fighter Lindsay.

The 19-year-old Marlow man won a unanimous verdict in his first fight back after he was stopped by Yorkshire's Dave Sugden in the English Novices Championships.

Coach Jack Wilson said: "He showed great character to come back with a good win and he was good value for it."

The 19-year-old light-heavyweight was four inches shorter than his southpaw opponent but Hearn repeatedly got inside Lindsay's defence to score points and take a unanimous points decision after a well-matched bout.

Former Marlow boxer, 22-year-old Chris McDonagh made it two wins out of two as a professional when he beat Birmingham's David Hinds at Bethnal Green.

McDonagh, who fights out of Jim Evans' stable at Maidenhead, beat his more experienced opponent after breaking him down with his uppercut before catching him with some heavy punches in the third.

He put Hinds down in the third and carried on in the fourth and fifth rounds to take a 40-35 decision, and make it two wins out of out of two in his pro career.