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Four national titles for Powerday Hooks ABC

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 May 2018

Powerday Hooks youngsters Pat Doherty, Simon O'Donnell, Tony O'Donnell, Brian O'Donnell and Nathan Barrett with coaches Mark Collins and Steve Newland

Powerday Hooks youngsters Pat Doherty, Simon O'Donnell, Tony O'Donnell, Brian O'Donnell and Nathan Barrett with coaches Mark Collins and Steve Newland

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Powerday Hooks ABC celebrated four titles at the England Boxing National Schools’ finals in Grantham.

The Park Royal club travelled to the Meres Leisure Centre with a squad of six finalists, with Nathan Barrett, 12, boxing well to control all three rounds of his 40kg contest against Will Fenton (St Pauls, Hull) to claim the first belt of the day.

Pat Doherty came up against a tough opponent in Christiano Maragh (Metro ABC, Hull) and had his hands full in the first two rounds.

But he did just enough to edge through them, then came into his own in the third round to leave his rival chasing shadows as he claimed his first national crown.

Joel Fallon, 13, was involved in a high quality contest with Michael Tallon (Transport ABC, Liverpool) at 29.5kg, with all three rounds extremely close, but the Hooks youngster was edged out this time.

Tony O’Donnell, 13, went one better than last year as he claimed a first national title after losing his final in 2017.

There was little between him and Cain Alexander (Rotunda ABC, Liverpool), but O’Donnell landed the cleaner scoring punches, then used his reach and speed to pick off his rival in the third round for victory.

Simon O’Donnell, 14, faced the taller, more experienced David Adams (Phil Thomas School of Boxing, Middlesbrough) at 25kg but flew at his opponent for all three rounds, chasing Adams from corner to corner and landing good, straight punches.

It proved in vain, though, as Adams claimed victory, although O’Donnell won over the crowd with his display.

Brian O’Donnell, 14, was the last of the Hooks youngsters in action at 32.5kg and needed his all-action style to beat Haaris Brown (Jennings Boxing Gym, Chorley) in the bout of the day.

After two hard rounds of non-stop action, with O’Donnell’s left hand increasingly having an effect on Brown, the Hooks fighter upped his work right and landed accurate left crosses on a top quality opponent for a superb title win.

Coach Steve Newland said: “Four national champions on the same day, our boxers did their club proud.

“A couple of the lads that won could and should have done a bit more. The two lads who lost gave everything they had. Joel Fallon’s contest was close and Simon O’Donnell stuck to a very difficult task. We have a great crop of boxers and excellent support from their parents.

“Powerday Hooks will go from strength to strength with the current talent and support we have in the gym.”

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