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Walcot boxer targets national quarter-finals

Swindon Advertiser: Walcot boxer Johnny McDonagh Walcot boxer Johnny McDonagh

A TRIO of young Walcot boxers compete in the Western Counties Schoolboy Final this evening, writes Dave Veysey.

Twelve-year-old Mikey McDonagh, along with brother Johnny (13) and cousin Sammy Price, (14), take on the best from the west at their weights in Exmouth, Devon.

In the Class A, 32.5kgs category, Mikey encounters Lewis Penfold from Cambourne Boxing Club in Cornwall.

This talented pint-sized terrier is the fifth McDonagh to enter the competition over the past seven years, and he is keen to follow in the successful footsteps of his older brothers.

Brother Johnny meets Ryan Hoar from Bodmin Boxing Club in a Class B, 40kgs, match which promises to be one of the highlights of the finals.

Ryan is an experienced boxer who did well in the competition last season, reaching the national semi-final.

Johnny has won eight from his 11 contests to date and looked in good form whilst defeating namesake John McDonagh at Bristol last week.

Their cousin Sammy Price takes on Finlay Spackman from the Factory Boxing Club in Gloucester, in a Class B, 43kgs, clash.

Sammy joined Walcot from Pinewood Star in Berkshire earlier in the season and has fitted in well with his new surroundings.

Whilst clubmate Ross Kennedy receives a bye in his Class B, 59kgs, class.

Walcot Chief Coach Harry Scott said ahead of the final: “It’s always good to win the Western Counties title for these boxers – there are 96 clubs in the Western area so it is quite an achievement.

“If our boys win in this round they are through to the national quarter-finals, and are then only three wins away from being crowned national champion.”

Horseshoe amateur boxing club are set to showcase the young talent they have available tomorrow night.

The club are hosting a boxing tournament at Next Generation at Kembrey Park, which is set to include 16 bouts of boxing.

The show begins at 4pm, with doors opening at 3.30pm, and costs £10 for adults and £5 for children under 14.

A raffle is being held at the events, with the proceeds going towards helping youngster Amelia Harrington who has a very rare brain condition.

Tickets bought in advance receive a £2 discount for adults and £1 off for children, and can be bought by contacting Brian on 07960009472.

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