Walcot boxer Jimmy McDonagh heads into unknown territory today when he competes in the National Quarter Finals of the England Boxing Youth Championships at County Durham, writes Dave Veysey.
The 16-year-old faces the prospect of boxing three times in three consecutive days in his quest to lift the English 60kgs crown but Walcot ABC chief coach Harry Scott believes McDonagh is fit enough to handle the schedule should he get to the final.
“Because when a boxer competes for GB he has to box on consecutive days in World and European tournaments, England Boxing have decided to bring the same rules into our domestic events for the first time,” said Scott. “It won’t be easy for Jimmy, but he has trained hard and deserves his chance. He is a strong lad and everyone at Walcot wishes him well.
“After the weigh in on Friday morning the boxing starts at 2pm, with the winners competing in the semi finals the next day.
“Those boxers lucky enough to make the final will box on Sunday afternoon to decide who the new champions will be.”
Meanwhile Walcot’s Ross Kennedy lost out to local rival Owen Sutton of Swindon ABC in a thrilling Junior Championship contest at Bristol University last weekend.
Both teenagers gave their all during the final two minutes as they attacked and defended in equal measure.
The packed student crowd gave both youngsters a terrific ovation at the final bell, where Sutton was awarded a unanimous points decision.
Sutton now progresses to the Western Counties Final, which will be held at the Walcot ABC show at the Supermarine Sport and Social Club on March 6th.