Joy for young Walcot boxer Johnny

First published in Sport

Walcot boxer Johnny McDonagh won his second bout within a week last Friday to book his place in the Western Counties Schoolboy Final.

Having beaten Terry Adam from King Alfred Boxing Club in his first box-off a few days’ earlier, the 13-year-old encountered his namesake John McDonagh from the Broad Plain Boys Club in Bristol in a Western Counties final eliminator in the Class B, 40kgs, section.

Bristol’s McDonagh enjoyed a large home support at the Anson Rooms of Bristol University.

After an untidy opening round where few scoring shots were landed by either boxer, Walcot’s McDonagh showed his class during the middle session, scoring with fast left jabs and straight rights.

The Bristolian had no answer to the Walcot boxer’s nimble footwork – finding himself repeatedly missing his target and punching thin air.

The final round was another successful one for the Walcot boxer, as he unsettled his opponent constantly with left hooks and straight rights.

With 30 seconds of the bout remaining, the referee issued the Broad Plain boxer with a standing count after an impressive eight-punch combination from Johnny had hurt his opponent.

Swindon’s McDonagh continued to attack until the final bell and was rewarded by the judges with a unanimous points victory.

He said afterwards: “I put my punches together well in the second and third rounds and felt good. I’m now looking forward to the Western Counties Final.”

His coach Dave Veysey added: “That was a very good performance from Johnny. After a quiet opening round from both lads Johnny really took control of the bout over the next two rounds.

“Two wins in a week after a long absence is a very good effort by the lad. His older brothers Tommy, Patrick, and Jimmy have all won the national schoolboy title, and Johnny needs four more wins to emulate them.”

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