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Walcot's Wells and McDonagh advance in ABA Championships
6:00am Friday 15th March 2013 in Sport
WALCOT boxers Callum Wells and Patrick McDonagh both advanced through the regional round of the Junior ABA Championships in Bristol on Sunday.
Sixteen-year-old Wells had to beat two opponents to progress through in his Class 5, (63kgs) section, firstly beating Jake Demmery from Bristol club Downend.
Demmery edged a close opening round but the Walcot boxer raised his game for the middle session, scoring with several fast left jabs and straight rights.
He kept up the pressure during the final two minutes to record a majority points victory.
The Dorcan pupil’s next opponent was another Bristolian, Mick Parsons from the city’s Broad Plain Boys’ Club, in a tough bout with both boxers going all out for the win.
Parsons attacked from the outset with Wells catching him with heavy straight rights on the counter.
It was even going into the final round, where Callum’s superior fitness told as he landed with numerous shots and was awarded a majority points success.
Joining him in the next round is clubmate Patrick McDonagh.
The former two-time schoolboy champion encountered Martin Pirret from Downend ABC in a Class 4, (63kgs) match.
The talented southpaw hadn’t seen action since his England Schoolboys appearance last June, so he was understandably a little ring rusty during the opening round.
However he still landed with enough scoring shots to take the session.
The next two minutes saw him move up a gear and score with heavy hooks and straight lefts.
Midway through the session a powerful bodyshot dropped Pirret to the canvas, but he bravely beat the count to carry on and survive the round.
McDonagh came out all guns blazing for the final round and soon had Pirret floored with another bodyshot.
This time the towel came in from his corner to save him from further punishment.
But there was disappointment for clubmates Charlie Hatfield and Orges Peroshi, who both lost out on close points decisions. Hatfield, 15, lost to Corey Kelly from Broad Plain Boys Club in a Class 4, (60kgs) encounter.
Whilst Peroshi, also 15, departed the tournament at the hands of Luke Wilcox from Downend, in a Class 4,(57kgs) match.
Walcot Chief Coach Harry Scott summed up the day, saying: “All four lads did their best on the day.
“I am very pleased with Callum for winning twice within a few hours, that is some achievement.
“Patrick is a class boxer who wasn’t quite at his best, but he hasn’t boxed for ages and will improve as he gets rounds under his belt.
“Charlie’s lost a very close bout, whilst Orges is inexperienced but very strong and will continue to improve.
“Overall it was a good day for Walcot.”