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PUBLISHED: 17:20 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:10 05 October 2010

By Jonathan Clegg DANNY Clark is targeting national glory after making a winning start to his ABA title bid at the North East divisional championships last week. Clark was the lone boxer to come through two fights at the Newham Leisure Centre on Friday ni

By Jonathan Clegg

DANNY Clark is targeting national glory after making a winning start to his ABA title bid at the North East divisional championships last week.

Clark was the lone boxer to come through two fights at the Newham Leisure Centre on Friday night as he overcame West Ham's Peter Akubuko and Barking rival Sam Marson to claim the Under-60kg title.

It was the first major test for the Repton fighter since he returned to boxing following a two-year break from the sport.

Yet the 22-year-old lightweight insists he never doubted that he would make a winning return to the ring.

"This was my first time at the senior championships and I haven't boxed in two years, so to get two wins was really good.

"But if I didn't think I'd do well, I wouldn't have entered. I went in with the confidence to win and did my best."

Clark's high-energy style helped see off a strong challenge from Akubuko in his opening fight before a comprehensive win over Marson in the night's closing bout.

With just an hour and a half between the two contests, he concedes that he was also forced to overcome the effects of fatigue.

"I got a bit unlucky with the draw so I had to fight twice and they were both good, hard fights," he said.

"Even though you get some time to get your energy back, I was a feeling pretty tired by the second fight."

Next up for Clark, who won an NABC championship and represented England as a junior with Repton, is the ABA London semi-finals on April 12.

But he admits he has already set his sights on lifting the national ABA title later this year, and was back in training on Monday - just three days after last week's double victory.

He said: "People say the London rounds are the hardest, but I feel good about the finals and I feel ready now.

"It's not too early to think about the national finals because you've got to have an eye on the prize.

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