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New champ will Brook no argument

PUBLISHED: 14:44 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 August 2010

John O'Donnell (Shepherd's Bush, red/white shorts) defeats Craig Watson (Manchester) in a Welterweight boxing contest for the Commonwealth Title at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, promoted by Hennessy Sports -  11/04/09 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

John O'Donnell (Shepherd's Bush, red/white shorts) defeats Craig Watson (Manchester) in a Welterweight boxing contest for the Commonwealth Title at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, promoted by Hennessy Sports - 11/04/09 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - Tel: 0845 094 6026

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By Ziad Chaudry NEW Commonwealth welterweight champion John O Donnell has already set his sights on a fresh challenge – to take the British title off Kell Brook. O Donnell snatched the Commonwealth crown from the dangerous Craig Watson at York Hall on Sat

By Ziad Chaudry

NEW Commonwealth welterweight champion John O'Donnell has already set his sights on a fresh challenge - to take the British title off Kell Brook.

O'Donnell snatched the Commonwealth crown from the dangerous Craig Watson at York Hall on Saturday and his next target is the Sheffield boxer known as 'Special K'.

The 23-year-old from Shepherd's Bush con-firmed that he would be happy to offer a rematch to Watson, but Brook is his preferred opponent.

Brook's promoter Frank Warren is eager to push the Yorkshireman into European and world title contention, though, so the former Dale Youth Club amateur may have to look elsewhere.

A possible alternative is Irish champion Stephen Haughian, who scored an easy first round stoppage victory over Drew Campbell on the York Hall undercard.

The punters at the east London venue certainly got their money's worth as O'Donnell produced his best performance since turning professional five years ago to win the 12-round contest on a split decision 115-114 (twice), 113-116.

Manchester-based Watson, who was making his second defence of the Commonwealth title after a year of inactivity, began like a speeding hare, firing rapid head-to-body combinations.

But, as the all-southpaw bout progressed, O'Donnell produced the superior and classier work-rate as well as power-crunching body shots, which were just enough to earn him the belt.

On the same bill, O'Donnell's former Dale Youth colleague and light-middleweight Steve O'Meara took his record to seven straight wins after his opponent Lewis Byrne suffered an eye injury at the end of the second round.

DALE Youth Club's Tommy Tear returned to action with a majority win over Billy Crotty of Stevenage at the Finchley BC show on Thursday.

Tear, whose last outing was his ABA Championship defeat, survived an early assault by Crotty and dominated the third round with a series of uppercuts and decisive combinations.

On the same show, Dale Youth's Harry Connolly punched well against the home club's Mason Smith and was unlucky to be on the wrong end of a unanimous verdict.

And a bout of 'flu did Martin Corcoran no favours as he lost a unanimous decision to Finchley's John Hale, taking a count in the second round and struggling to find his balance.


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