Jimmy Randall hungry for more international boxing action after England fight
THE EXPERIENCE of representing his country has made Jimmy Randall hungry for greater success.
The Barnstaple boxer earned his second England vest in a match against Sweden in Basingstoke on Friday night.
Randall, who represents the Army, was beaten on points by Nurbo Bozan in the 69kg contest.
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Having stepped up in weight to take the bout, he found it tough going over three three-minute rounds.
"I just didn't turn up on the night," said Randall. "At that level of boxing you have to be right on your game and, even then, that's not always enough.
"It was a good bout and I have just got to take the positives out of it. Hopefully there will be more bouts to come."
In a cagey opening round, Randall, 21, scored with the jab but trailed at the bell as Bozan landed a left hook.
The Barnstaple boxer upped the tempo with left-handed attacks in the second but Bozan began holding and frustrating to protect his advantage. And the Swede scored on the counter to close out the win in the final round as Randall attempted to claw back the lead with big lefts.
After making his England debut at the same venue last year, Randall was selected following a training camp at his Army base in Aldershot.
He is happiest boxing at 63.5kg but made the step up in weight when a place became available. "That was the deal to get the vest," he said. "Really it was a bit heavy for me. The weight makes a big difference."
Randall recently sparred with Carl Frampton ahead of his successful European title fight against Kiko Martinez.
"It was a great experience," said Randall. "He's a really tough kid. I'm about three weights above him and he was still punching holes in me."