Hooks ABC trio celebrate victory at England Schools National Finals

PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 June 2016

Hooks ABC's Steve Newland (second right) with his victorious young fighters

Hooks ABC's Steve Newland (second right) with his victorious young fighters


Hooks ABC enjoyed another memorable weekend at the England Schools National Finals, with three of their youngsters winning national titles in Grantham.

The afternoon (Saturday) couldn’t have started any better, with Albie Shannahan leaving nothing to chance as he secured an unanimous points decision over Matthew Knipe (Moss Side Fire Station ABC) to come England Schools champion in the youngest age group of the day.

The 11-year-old, competing in the 43kg category, produced quality straight punching which, combined with his all action style, saw him clinch the title against the Manchester-based boxer at the Meres Leisure Centre.

Dylan McDonagh, 14, repeated Shannahan’s feat as he fulfilled his undoubted promise, moving with style and class to pick off near perfect punches for three rounds in his 42kg contest against Ted Jackson (City of Hull BC), ensuring that he secured his first England Schools title.

Meanwhile, Simon “Tidy” O’Donnell won his second England Schools title on Saturday, with a display of boxing well beyond his years.

The 14-year-old, competing at 43kg, battled through an injury to his left shoulder to put in an impressive display against Junaid Boston (Steel City ABC) and make it back-to-back titles.

O’Donnell successfully manoeuvred his opponent to good effect, as his right hand became the decisive winning factor in a tough, high quality contest.

Silas Rose-Morris put in a whole hearted display against Dan Robb (Steel City ABC), but came out on the wrong end of a split decision that in truth could have gone either way.

Rose-Morris, 12, produced some impressive straight punches that caused Robb problems, but the latter came back strongly at the end of every round to reign victorious on this occasion.

Patrice Mughalzai, another of Hooks’ reigning England national champions, was not on his game as he lost his 54kg contest via a split decision to the powerful George Bance (Atherstone ABC).

Hooks coach Steve Newland told the Times: “It was another fantastic day for Hooks, with three National Schools champions and two split decision runners-up.

“Dylan, Tidy and Patrice now have the Great Britain Three Nations Championships to look forward to. It’s an exciting time for us all.”

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