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Hooks hopefuls aim for glory in junior ABA Championships

PUBLISHED: 17:52 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:52 10 April 2013

Harry Connelly

Harry Connelly

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Hooks ABC trainer Steve Newland is optimistic that the club can continue their impressive junior ABA Championships record when the regional rounds begin this weekend.

The Park Royal club, who have produced a national finalist each season since their establishment in 2009, are entering five hopefuls in the north-west London division on Saturday.

They include former national schools’ champion Harry Connelly, who lost to Bury’s Muhammad Ali in the junior ABA final last year, and will box in the Class 2 under-54kg category.

Also in Class 2 is under-52kg fighter Pat Corcoran, who is in his first year with Hooks, while the club field a trio of entrants in Class 1 – Nathan Brown (under-46kg) and cousins Frankie (under-50kg) and Danny Barrett (under-60kg).

“They’re all up for it, they’re all training hard and I’m pretty confident,” said Newland. “Our first goal is the north-west division, which is always a tricky one, then the London finals and we’ll take it from there.

“Nathan’s very talented, we know what he’s capable of and he can give it a good go. There are a couple of decent kids with experience out there, but I think he’s ready for them.

“Frankie can be great on his day – he’s worked hard to get to the weight and this is the first time we’ve got Danny into a championship with no injuries. A year ago he’d just broken his hand, but this time it’ll be different.

“Pat’s a good prospect and Harry had a lot of injury problems last year, but he’s grown a lot since then. He knows where he’s at and I think he’s got a real chance.”

Luke Robinson became Hooks’ first national champion when he won the junior ABA title in 2010, while the club were also represented in the final by Josh Scott the following year.

The north-west London divisional round takes place at Barnhill Community Centre, Northolt, with boxing expected to get under way around 2pm.


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