Joy for Swindon boxers in Bristol

First published in Sport

WALCOT’S Said Eltuyev and Kieran O’Donoghue celebrated wins at the Western Counties Schoolboys Finals in Bristol on Sunday.

Fourteen-year-old Eltuyev proved to be too fast and skilful for Taylor Wakefield of Portland ABC in their Class 3, 46kgs, match, winning by unanimous decision.

Throughout contest Eltuyev scored with heavy left hooks and straight rights. After a barrage of scoring shots landed in the second round, Wakefield was issued with a standing count.

He survived until the final bell but Eltuyev was awarded a unanimous points victory.

Completing the win double was O’Donoghue, also 14, who was equally impressive during his win over Weymouth’s Jack Barlow.

This contest was a Class 3, 48kgs, match and from the opening bell the Swindon youngster used his fast left jab and straight right to good effect.

The Swindonian easily won the first round, and did not let up during the middle session.

A variety of scoring shots rained down on Barlow during round two, which led to a standing count.

The Weymouth boxer bravely appeared for the final two minutes, but after another heavy combination from O’Donoghue the referee called a halt with a minute remaining.

There was disappointment for Milo Bolton in the Class 1, 36kgs, section as he met experienced Cornwall boxer Ryan Hoar.

Hoar was constantly on the attack and the Walcot boxer blocked many of the punches and countered with left jabs and straight rights before losing a unanimous points verdict.

Chief coach Harry Scott was very satisfied with his trio.

“All three boxed well today. Kieran and Said were completely on top in their bouts and looked very impressive,” he said.

Also at the Western Counties Finals, Horseshoe Gym’s Gary O’Reilly gave his all against Devizes boxer Ashley Wilkins before losing a unanimous points decision.

The Class 3, 48kg clash had the crowd on their feet and O’Reilly put up a brave fight against his rival before being edged out, but coach Brian Roberts was pleased with his boxer’s performance.

“Gary put in a great performance,” said Roberts. “He did not disgrace himself and both boxers boxed extremely well.”

Fellow Horseshoe boxer Kayden Connolly became the club’s first Western Counties Champion after beating Rory Cave from Somerset.

Connolly was always in control of the Class 1 clash, and after some toe-to-toe action the Horseshoe boxer eventually overpowered his opponent to earn victory.

Coach Roberts was delighted with Connolly, saying: “He deserved the win and it’s fantastic for him to be the club’s first Western Counties Champion because he was the first person to join the club.”

The next round is against the London region and is staged this Saturday at Feltham College, Hounslow, with boxing starting at 2pm.

The Horseshoe Gym also has six boxers in action this weekend in Leeds.

Luke Cash-Brown, Robson Simpkins, Chantelle Simpkins, Ethan Greenslade and Lee Cutler all fight at Raging Bull ABC’s show.

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