Hooks teenager takes revenge for junior ABA defeat

PUBLISHED: 16:23 19 June 2013 | UPDATED: 16:23 19 June 2013

Danny Barrett with trainer Steve Newland

Danny Barrett with trainer Steve Newland


Hooks ABC’s Danny Barrett turned the tables on his junior ABA conqueror to claim a stunning victory at the Three Nations tournament in Warrington.

The 15-year-old, whose dreams of a national ABA title were snuffed out by Kettering’s Patrick McCann three weeks earlier, bounced back by reversing that result on a bigger stage.

The odds were stacked against Barrett after he was drawn against Scotland’s highly-rated Lewis Hay in the semi-final, but the Hooks boxer pulled off an unexpected triumph before taking his revenge on McCann.

Steve Newland, who trains Barrett at the Park Royal club, said: “It was my worst nightmare that we’d draw Hay – he’s so sharp and he’d only ever been beaten in European competition.

“I don’t think anyone gave Danny a shout, but we know what he can do and he looked so commanding, there was only one winner.

“We’d spent the whole time training for McCann and, having produced one big performance, it was a question of whether Danny could do it again the next day.

“Now he’s made a name for himself and he might even have a chance for the European Championships. We’ll make sure he keeps ticking over and see what happens.”

Hay, who has beaten Repton’s national champion Jimmy Smith twice, was the clear favourite in Saturday’s Class 4 under-60kg semi-final, but he was rarely able to find a way past Barrett’s defence.

The Hooks youngster started with a southpaw stance, using his jab to good effect and dominating the centre of the ring before switching to orthodox in the final round.

Although the Scottish boxer got through on a couple of occasions, Barrett forced him back again and finished off with a stinging uppercut to take a well-deserved majority decision.

It was a similar story in Sunday’s final against McCann, who had beaten Welsh rival Morgan Palmer the previous day, with Barrett holding the centre of the ring and building up a lead.

Although the Hooks fighter was visibly tiring in the closing stages, he again finished strongly with a three-punch combination to clinch victory, again on a majority decision.

Hooks youngster Daniel O’Donnell was unlucky to lose out on a majority decision against his much taller opponent Alquesh Taqir (Wellington) in their under-44kg Schools Box Cup clash at Redditch.

But there was a victory for Hooks’ Nathan Brown, who defeated home boxer Callum Cleary to take a unanimous decision on the Luton Academy show.

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