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Hooks ABC quartet in national title quest

PUBLISHED: 13:25 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:25 23 March 2017

Hooks ABC youngsters Tidy O'Donnell and Patrick Connors flank coach Steve Newland

Hooks ABC youngsters Tidy O'Donnell and Patrick Connors flank coach Steve Newland

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Park Royal club chasing more glory

Hooks Amateur Boxing Club will send four of their youngsters into battle in the semi-finals of the national championships at Basildon Leisure Centre on Saturday.

The Park Royal outfit had five in quarter-final action at Bletchley last weekend, with four tasting success, but defending champion Dylan McDonagh had to withdraw from the 48kg competition due to illness.

Coach Steve Newland said: “It was another great day for Hooks, but just a shame about Dylan. He had been suffering from flu-like symptoms since Thursday, but hoped he might recover in time to box.

“The lad is gutted, but his time will come again.”

England international Patric Connors, 14, used his southpaw wiles to control Hoddesdon’s Liam Clark for all three rounds of their 44kg contest, switching from attack to defence and staying busy against an industrious opponent to earn a clear points win.

And European bronze medalist Tidy O’Donnell, 15, showed his pedigree in the 46kg category, putting three strong rounds of pressure boxing together to pick off Hoddesdon’s Johnny Doherty.

O’Donnell landed a big, fast right hand in the third round, which saw his rival given a standing count, to progress and keep his hopes of a third successive national title alive.

And 14-year-old clubmates Jon O’Donnell (34kg) and Patris Mughalzai (54kg) were both given walkovers to the semi-finals this weekend, where they will be hoping to take one further step into the finals to be held at the same venue on Sunday.

Newland added: “Both Pat and Tidy boxed well. Pat is looking to win his first national title this weekend and Tidy is looking to be the first champion I’ve had to win three titles back-to-back, which is a rare feat in boxing.”

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