Hooks boxer suffers broken arm setback

PUBLISHED: 17:40 16 November 2011

Danny Barrett ( in red )

Danny Barrett ( in red )


Hooks ABC’s Danny Barrett faces a race against time to be fit for January’s National Schoolboys’ Championships after breaking his arm on Saturday.

Barrett suffered the injury during the final round of his Chick Gillam Trophy bout against Oisin O’Mahoney of Galway’s Olympic club at Capital City Academy, Willesden, and was taken to hospital.

The 14-year-old – who was ahead in the contest, having landed a number of telling hooks and combinations – may now struggle to return in time for the national tournament, which gets under way in the new year.

Barrett’s enforced withdrawal also cost the Park Royal club the trophy after wins for guest boxers Jake Fallon (Repton) and Joe Temple (West Ham) had given them a 2-1 advantage.

“It’s a real shame for Danny because he was definitely in front,” said Hooks trainer Steve Newland. “He threw a hook and just screamed in agony.

“We were looking for Danny to have a good go in the championships and we’ll have to see, it’s still possible he could be ready in time.”

There were mixed results for the other Hooks boxers on Saturday’s show, with Eddie McDonagh working hard to secure his third straight victory with a unanimous decision against Harry Cracknell (Woking).

National champion Harry Connelly produced an improved display against a strong opponent, Martin Rooney (St Ives), and was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a majority decision.

Billy Dunne was also edged out in a close contest, losing a majority to Michael Oates (Repton), while debutant Nathan Brown began well but lost out to a unanimous verdict after a comeback in the last round by Enfield’s Adam Hickford.

Former Capital City student Zayn Khan was paired with All Stars’ Jordan James at short notice after his original opponent withdrew, and landed the cleaner punches to take a unanimous decision.

At senior level, Ryan Smith was Hooks’ best performer, moving well and throwing sharp combinations to floor Ali Xani (Islington) in the second round.

But there were defeats for Wilbert ‘Pacquiao’ Bongco, who was stopped in the second round by Repton’s M Rabani, and Shane Davey, who lost a split decision to M Akenyan-Badu (Islington.

In the only women’s bout of the show, Hooks’ Marcela Capasa boxed well to take a unanimous decision against Vanessa Brown (St Austell), with the Cornish fighter taking a count in the second round.

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