Young Darlington boxer Ryan Tennant is making his mark in the sport just a year after taking it up. The 12-year-old, a Year 8 student at St Aidan’s Church Of England Academy Darlington, recently won through two rounds of the national Schoolboy Championships. Ryan, who fights in the 44-46 kg weight category, won the North East championship with victory in a tournament in Newbiggin, Northumberland, then went on to secure the combined North East and Merseyside area championship with victory in Liverpool. Although he lost his next fight, against the East Midlands champion, also held in Liverpool, and was knocked out of the Championship, the experience has whetted his appetite for more. Ryan, a member of a local boxing club, said: “I took the sport up just over a year ago because my Dad wanted me to learn to be focused and disciplined. After the first session, I realised that I loved it. “I regard myself as a toe-to-toe boxer and am keen to develop further and go for other championships,” said Ryan, whose favourite fighter is Floyd Mayweather.