Barrett boys both through to London amateur finals
PUBLISHED: 15:15 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:15 24 April 2013
Hooks ABC’s Danny Barrett produced a gutsy performance to see off highly-rated opponent Louis Isaacs and reach the junior ABA championship London final.
Barrett made an excellent start to the Class 1 under-60kg contest, repeatedly turning the Lion ABC fighter and scoring with a series of fast combinations as he took control of the first two rounds.
However, Isaacs responded in the final round, pinning his tiring opponent back and the Hooks youngster had to dig deep to seal victory on a majority decision.
Barrett will now box in the London final at Feltham Community College on Sunday, alongside his cousin Frankie Barrett, who triumphed in his under-50kg semi-final against R Hussain (Eltham).
The Hooks fighter dominated throughout, landing several big combinations as he took a unanimous decision, while clubmates Harry Connelly and Pat Corcoran gained byes to their respective London finals.
The Park Royal club’s only casualty in the semi-finals was Nathan Brown, who never found anything approaching top gear in his under-46kg contest against Elliott Whale (Nemesis).
Brown, who had recovered from a shoulder problem to take his place in the ring, failed to throw sufficient punches and was easily picked off as Whale cruised to victory by a unanimous decision.
“I don’t know what happened to Nathan – he’s got so much talent,” admitted Hooks trainer Steve Newland. “We expected a lot more from him and he’s bitterly disappointed.
“Frankie did well and Danny fought his heart out – he boxed to order in those first two rounds and I think people saw what he’s all about. We’ve got to make sure we’re on the ball again in the finals.”
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