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Walcot boxers reach schoolboy quarter-finals
6:00am Wednesday 6th February 2013 in Sport
WALCOT ABC recorded three victories at the schoolboy championships at Feltham College in London on Saturday.
Fourteen-year-olds Jimmy McDonagh, Said Eltuyev and Kieran O’Donoghue all beat quality opposition to book their places in next Saturday’s quarter-finals.
Hard-hitting McDonagh took on Johnny Ellis from West Ham Boys ABC in a class three (44kg) match.
The teenagers both took a few seconds to find their range, but it was the Walcot boxer who landed the more effective shots.
The middle round was even as McDonagh attacked with left jabs and straight rights, while the Londoner countered.
In the final two minutes, McDonagh increased his work rate and won the round to register a majority points win.
Walcot’s second victory came courtesy of last season’s schoolboy champion, Eltuyev, who encountered old foe Kane Corby of Earlsfield ABC at class three (46kg).
Corby had won their last encounter by a narrow points margin, but this time Said went on the attack from the outset to take the opening round by utilising his trademark left hook.
After more pressure from the Walcot boxer during the second round, a superb body shot led to the referee issuing Corby with a standing count.
The Churchfields pupil showed great footwork and classy punching to score points and avoid trouble during the final round to secure the win.
Completing the Walcot win treble was O’Donoghue, who faced Dagenham’s Louie Taylor in the class three (48kgs) section.
The Dorcan schoolboy dominated the majority of an exciting contest with his high work rate and all-action style.
Left jabs, double jabs and straight rights all found their target over the three rounds, whilst Taylor attempted to keep the Swindonian close to avoid punishment.
Both lads gave their all and finished tired at the final bell, with O’Donoghue correctly judged the points victor.
But there was disappointment for 12-year-olds Johnny McDonagh and Ross Kennedy.
These two inexperienced youngsters faced a tough challenge, both giving away height and reach to more experienced opponents.
Johnny tried his hardest against the unbeaten Adam Hussain of Repton Boys. He achieved some success but the Londoner, tipped by some to win the title, was simply too good.
The plucky Kennedy battled bravely against Martin Ward from Gator ABC but lost on points.
However this was a terrific display in defeat from a boxer taking part in only his fourth contest.
Chief coach Harry Scott said: “All the Walcot boxers gave 100 per cent effort and were a credit to the club.
“Jimmy, Said and Kieran are all looking good to progress to the latter stages of the tournament, whilst Johnny and Ross were brave in defeat.
“My coaching team here today - Dave Veysey, Lionel McCrea and Jason O’Donoghue - did a great job in the corner.”
The Horseshoe Gym’s representative, Kayden Connelly, met Jesse Beck of Repton Boys at class one (38kgs).
He battled bravely against a much more experienced opponent, but lost to a unanimous points decision.