Hooks happy with a job well Dunne

PUBLISHED: 18:32 26 January 2011



GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICTURES; TEL: 0044-7831-396-923

MICHAEL Dunne was Hooks ABC’s star performer as he won twice in three days to advance to the London finals of the National Schoolboys’ Championships.

Dunne gained a majority decision against S Miah (Northolt) in the North West Division semi-final at under-48kg (Class 2) last Thursday and went on to beat Dale Youth’s A Ramadan in the final.

The Hooks youngster now joins five of his clubmates in this weekend’s London finals, which take place over two days at Dukes Hall, Romford – although two others fell by the wayside last week.

Michael McDonagh lost his rematch with Ruislip’s Callum Eade on a unanimous decision in the Class 3 under-52kg semi-final, landing some good punches but without sufficient frequency.

And Daniel Barrett battled bravely in his Class 2 under-46kg final against favourite Patrick Ward (Islington), but was defeated on a majority after fading in the final round.

However, Dunne gave the Park Royal club plenty to cheer as he outboxed his opponent at Earlsfield ABC, making good use of his reach and denying Ramadan space while he picked his shots wisely.

The other five Hooks hopefuls – Daniel O’Donnell, Billy Fanneran, Frankie Barrett, Brandon Barker and Harry Connelly – gained walkovers to the London finals.

“Those were two good wins for Michael in his first fights of the season and should build his confidence for this weekend,” said Hooks trainer Steve Newland.

“I think the London finals are getting tougher every year and we’ll have our work cut out. We’ve got some good kids there but we could do with some luck as well.”

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