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England joy for Jimmy
6:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
WALCOT boxer Jimmy McDonagh has returned home triumphant after winning his international schoolboy match against Irish champion James Brennan at the Woods Hotel, Westport, County Mayo, writes DAVE VEYSEY.
The 15-year-old English Schools Champion was part of a team of 13 junior and youth boxers competing against a team of Irish champions.
Brennan, being from the local St Annes ABC, was roared on throughout the contest by a partisan crowd.
From the outset both talented youngsters attacked without fear, scoring with left jabs and straight rights.
During most exchanges it was the Walcot boxer who landed with the extra shot.
Jimmy enjoyed particular success with his left ‘screw’ shot, a hybrid left jab and uppercut.
After three enthralling rounds McDonagh was awarded a majority points verdict.
“I am really pleased to have won against a tough Irish kid in his own back yard,” said McDonagh after the fight.
“I have now won on all three of my England appearances and have beaten the Scottish, Welsh and Irish Champions in the process.
“I would like to thank Harry Scott and all the coaches at Walcot for their help over many years, and also my dad Paddy who drives me all around the country for boxing.”
England coach Mick Gannon was impressed with the Walcot boxer’s display saying: “This was a cracking bout between two very good lads.
“It was non-stop boxing action for three two-minute rounds, but the extra shots that Jimmy landed made him a clear winner in my eyes – it should have been a unanimous points win, not a majority, in my opinion.
“Jimmy is a very talented kid who has made it onto our elite junior squad.
“We’ll be working on a couple of minor details to improve him still further, but he is a fit and talented boxer and a credit to Walcot Boxing Club.”
The overall match score was 9-4 to England.
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