Walcot’s Rouse could be a “real star of the future”

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Walcot head coach Harry Scott has tipped Kyran Rouse to be a “real star of the future” despite suffering a defeat on Friday.

Rouse was unlucky to return home from the City of Gloucester Boxing Dinner without a victory as his rival nicked the decision.

The 11-year-old faced Jessie Lunnon from the host club in an exciting battle between two determined youngsters.

Roared on by his home supporters, Lunnon attacked from the outset, using his height and reach advantage to score with left jabs.

But the Oliver Tompkins pupil countered with straight lefts and rights of his own in a very close opening round.

During the second session Rouse kept close to his opponent and increased his workrate to score with a variety of punches.

The final round saw both boxers go at it hammer and tongs, to conclude a crowd-pleasing contest.

But to the dismay of the Walcot camp it was Lunnon who had his arm raised by referee Brian Roberts.

Walcot head coach Scott was delighted with his protégé’s performance, if not the result.

He said afterwards: “Kyran gave a lion-hearted display in only his second contest.