Level head leads Sean to the final
PUBLISHED: 12:05 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010
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SEAN Robinson kept his cool to secure a place in the National Schools Championship final with a narrow points win over Kingsley Stembridge. The Dale Youth boxer was trailing by three points after the first round of his class B under-42kg semi-final, but r
SEAN Robinson kept his cool to secure a place in the National Schools Championship final with a narrow points win over Kingsley Stembridge.
The Dale Youth boxer was trailing by three points after the first round of his class B under-42kg semi-final, but recovered to edge past his opponent, from the Sporting Ring club in Berkshire, 7-5.
That earns Robinson a place in the national final, where he will face Tom Atkinson of Skelmersdale the weekend after next at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham.
"I told him 'don't panic' and he didn't," said Dale Youth trainer Steve Newland. "I couldn't really understand the scoring, but I knew if Sean kept doing what he was doing, he'd be all right.
"He hit the boy with some beautiful clean shots, read the fight really well and had a fantastic last round. Atkinson will be tough, but Sean's beaten him before and he knows what's ahead of him."
Robinson is joined in the finals by Dale Youth clubmate Andrew Smith, who overcame Guildford's Danny Preece by the astonishing margin of 33-11 in their class 3 under-63kg semi.
Smith's movement and work-rate were excellent and, although his lead was just 8-5 after the first round, he stepped up a gear in the second as Preece took a standing count.
And the Dale Youth boxer sent his opponent flying to the canvas in the third, amassing another 15 scoring points to reach the final in style.
PAUL Fanneran is through to the last eight of the National Association of Boys' Clubs Championships with a unanimous win against highly-rated Repton boxer George Mahoney at York Hall.
Fanneran, who is now London champion at under-66kg, will box again at Aldershot this weekend, along with Dale Youth's Rhys Roser, who received a bye in his own regional final.
Two other Dale Youth fighters bowed out in the London finals - Connor Maclaren putting up a brave performance in his defeat by Lerome Richards and Reece Newcombe losing a majority decision to Hollington's Tom Horgan.
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