Debbie’s knockout debut brings about new opportunity

PUBLISHED: 17:10 09 November 2011

Debbie Tyrell

Debbie Tyrell


Hooks ABC’s Debbie Tyrell is set for a shot at the ABA Championships after recording a successful debut stoppage last week.

The 26-year-old Fitness Britain sports model made her first competitive appearance in the ring at Portsmouth and defeated home fighter Danielle O’Shea in the third round.

O’Shea took a standing count in the second round and Tyrell then stepped up the pace, forcing another count before successive shots to the head prompted the referee to stop the fight.

Now Tyrell, who has been training with the Park Royal club since last year, will get a crack at ABA glory when the women’s tournament gets under way later this month, along with Hooks clubmate Marcela Capasa

“Debbie picked her punches at will and she looked really sharp, a class above,” said Hooks trainer Steve Newland. “So we’re going to stick her in the ABAs and see how she gets on.”

Capasa will be in action this Saturday when Hooks host their annual Chick Gillam Trophy match against Galway’s Olympic club at Capital City Academy, Willesden.

Former Capital City student Zayn Khan captains the Hooks team in a match that pits a clutch of English champions against their Irish counterparts, with boxing due to get under way at 3.30pm.

Other highlights include a rematch from last year’s contest between Hooks fighter Danny Barrett and Oisin O’Mahoney of the Olympic club, as well as a tricky fight for youngster Billy Dunne against Michael Oates (Repton).

Hooks’ national schoolboys champion Harry Connelly is also in action on Saturday’s show, with a difficult test anticipated against Martin Rooney (St Ives), who also reached a national final last season.

“It should be a good bill,” Newland added. “I’m grateful to Capital City for allowing us to put on the show and also the teachers who are giving up their time to help.”

Tickets are available on the door at £10 (adults) and £5 (juniors).

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