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No time for Rhys to get ring rusty

PUBLISHED: 15:18 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:30 24 August 2010

DALE Youth Club's Rhys Roser has an opportunity to bounce back straight away after the disappointment of his defeat in the National Association of Boys Clubs Championships on Monday...

DALE Youth Club's Rhys Roser has an opportunity to bounce back straight away after the disappointment of his defeat in the National Association of Boys' Clubs Championships on Monday.

Roser went down 7-1 to the experienced Damon Jones (West Leeds) in the Class A under-63kg final at Nottingham, but will be back in the ring this weekend.

The 15-year-old is one of several Dale Youth boxers who will contest the opening round of the junior ABA Championships at All Stars ABC, Harrow Road, on Saturday.

Reflecting on the scoreline, Dale Youth trainer Steve Newland said: "It was much closer than that. He could be sitting there thinking about it, but instead he'll be straight back in, which is good.

"Rhys made some mistakes which he's going to put right. But he's made massive strides and I've no doubt he can go back and beat that kid in the final of the junior ABAs."

Roser delivered some good backhands to the body during the opening round and took a 1-0 lead, but Jones seized control from then on and landed most of the shots.

It was the club's third defeat in a national final this month, following recent reverses for both Sean Robinson and Andrew Smith in the National Schools' Championships.

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