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McDonagh progresses in Ambition Championships
6:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
WALCOT boxer Patrick McDonagh advanced through to the quarter-finals of the Ambition Championships on Sunday following a one-sided points victory over Southern Counties champion Alex Millar in Portsmouth.
The 16-year-old gradually warmed to his task during his class A (63kg) encounter with the City of Portsmouth boxer after an opening round which saw few scoring shots landed by either boxer, and proved an untidy affair.
However, during the middle session the Walcot southpaw started to score with right jabs and straight lefts.
Millar moved around the ring in an effort to avoid the punishment, but McDonagh tracked him to the ropes and landed several telling combinations.
The final two minutes saw Patrick use his body shots to good effect, pinning Millar to the ropes with combinations of punches as he totally controlled the round and when the final bell sounded, the ringside judges awarded him a unanimous points victory.
McDonagh said afterwards: “I’m pleased with the result but as this was my first contest for nearly six months, I was a bit rusty to start with.
“However, it was good to get three rounds under my belt and my fitness was good.”
His coach Dave Veysey added: “Patrick is a very good boxer who is a two-time national schoolboy champion.
“He improved today as the contest progressed and he finished the bout very well.
“We now have two weeks to sharpen him up in the Walcot gym before the quarter-finals.”
Joining McDonagh in the next round will be clubmate Orges Peroshi, who having defeated Paignton’s Jacob Durrant in the previous round received a bye at this stage.
Also performing for Walcot in Portsmouth was Joe Cuss.
The 14-year-old made his debut in a skills contest with Luke Cooper from the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy.
The youngster boxed very well and dominated all three rounds, but with skills bouts there are no results, just ring experience for the participants.
Veysey added: “Joe enjoyed his ring debut even if there was no result.
“But he performed well and can be very proud of himself.”
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