Gallant Fanneran falls at final hurdle
PUBLISHED: 12:31 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
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DALE Youth Club s Paul Fanneran failed in his valiant attempt to claim a national title on Monday - less than a year after joining the club. The 15-year-old was stopped in the last round of the National Association of Boys Clubs final at Nottingham, desp
DALE Youth Club's Paul Fanneran failed in his valiant attempt to claim a national title on Monday - less than a year after joining the club.
The 15-year-old was stopped in the last round of the National Association of Boys' Clubs final at Nottingham, despite a brave performance against the experienced Thomas Ghent.
But there was a consolation prize for Fanneran, who was named best runner-up on the night - and he will now try his luck in the junior ABA Championships next month.
Dale Youth trainer Steve Newland said: "As Paul was leaving the ring, one of the officials said to me 'you're not rushing off straight away, are you? It'll take something special to beat that for best runner-up'.
"It's a fantastic effort to come along, catch up with the other kids, and be boxing for a national title within a year. Paul's still got some growing to do and I've no doubt he's going to be a real handful in years to come."
Fanneran began well against Ghent, from the Birmingham-based Priory Park club, showing excellent movement to finish the opening round with a 4-2 lead.
But his agility faltered in the second, allowing Ghent to weigh in with some heavy shots of his own and, although Fanneran survived a count, he ended the round with a 10-5 deficit.
The Dale Youth boy landed some good shots in the final round, but was back on the canvas after a sizzling left uppercut from Ghent and, although Fanneran got to his feet, the referee halted the contest soon afterwards.
DALE Youth Club have two boxers in the national finals of the Golden Gloves Championships this Saturday at Knottingley, Yorks.
Tommy McDonagh takes on Ryan Fillingham (Bracebridge) in the Class 2 under-44kg final, while Luqman Patel is up against Connor Nixon (Wombwell & Dearne) in the Class 3 under-42kg.