Oxford Boxing Academy’s trio of Yaser Afzal and brothers Bradley and Declan Townsend are a step closer to fulfilling their title dreams following wins in the National ABA Junior Championships quarter-finals at Bristol.

First of the mark at the Wise Sport Complex was Afzal, who stopped Yeovil ABC’s Joseph Roberts in the first round of their 52kg bout.

Even the 20ft Olympic ring was not big enough for Roberts to escape, and within the first minute he was cornered with a barrage of punches raining on him.

The referee gave him a standing eight count, but Afzal kept up the attack with powerful hooks from both hands, and the referee stopped the contest to save Roberts from further punishment.

Afzal now meets one of the favourites, Southend’s Billy Polkingholme in the semi-finals at the Edge Leisure Centre, Haslemere, on Sunday.

Declan Townsend then posted a points win over James Millar, from Plymouth’s Mayflower ABC, at 63kg.

Townsend pounced on his opponent from the first bell, catching him with a beautiful over arm right hand to send Millar backwards towards his corner.

From then on, it was a game of survival for Millar as Townsend kept up the pressure to secure victory.

He now meets Finchley’s Unice Chima.

Bradley Townsend made it an Oxford treble with a unanimous points decision over Callum O’Connall, of Bristol’s Broadplain ABC, in a cracking contest.

He now faces last year’s champion Ted Cheesman, of London’s Fisher ABC.