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Walcot four in Junior ABA Championships
6:00am Saturday 9th March 2013 in Sport
Walcot send a team of four teenage boxers to contest the regional round of the Junior ABA Championships in Bristol tomorrow.
This heat pitches them against opposition from Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bristol and Somerset.
Two-time national schoolboy champion Patrick McDonagh is Walcot’s most experienced entrant.
The talented 16-year-old is unbeaten for over two years and a former England schoolboy international.
He is one of the favourites to win the class 4, (63kg) category.
Also representing the central Swindon gym is Callum Wells, also 16.
The Dorcan pupil has entered the Class 5, (63kg) section.
St Joseph’s schoolboy Charlie Hatfield will contest the class 4, (60kg), whilst Orges Peroshi completes the quartet at class 4, (57kg).
Walcot chief coach Harry Scott said: “These four have trained hard for weeks and now it’s up to them to perform on the day.”
Boxing starts at 1pm on Sunday at the Wise Campus, Filton College, Bristol.
Meanwhile, Walcot’s Said Salem suffered a controversial points reverse in the regional round of the Senior ABA Championships at Shepton Mallet.
The former Western Counties Novice Champion encountered Dan Dawes of Yeovil ABC in a 63.5kg contest over three rounds of three minutes’ duration.
From the opening bell Salem got behind his left jab to score freely throughout the first round.
He continued with the same process during the middle session, landing with left jabs and straight rights, with only occasional replies from Dawes.
The 21-year-old appeared to have built up a useful points advantage entering the third, and he took his foot off the gas during the final three minutes to conserve energy for a possible second bout later that night.
But to the dismay of the Walcot camp it was Dawes’ arm that was raised by the referee at the conclusion of the contest.
The ringside judges having awarded him a majority points verdict.
Salem was disappointed with the decision, saying: “I really thought I was well ahead on points so I eased off towards the end.
“I can’t believe I didn’t get the decision.”
Walcot Coach Harry Scott added: “This was a poor decision which raised a few eyebrows ringside.
“However sometimes in boxing the decisions go against you.
“Said is a talented boxer and he will learn from this and come back stronger next season.”