Paul must up his game in the final
PUBLISHED: 13:05 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:28 24 August 2010
PAUL Fanneran must improve this weekend to maintain his hopes of repeating last year s run to the National Association of Boys Clubs Championships final. The Dale Youth Club boxer was not at his best in last weekend s under-66kg London semi-final victory
PAUL Fanneran must improve this weekend to maintain his hopes of repeating last year's run to the National Association of Boys Clubs Championships final.
The Dale Youth Club boxer was not at his best in last weekend's under-66kg London semi-final victory against Mark Osborne (Finchley) at York Hall and now faces Repton's George Mahoney in Saturday's final.
"Paul beat Mahoney last year, but he'll be a different proposition this time," warned Dale Youth trainer Steve Newland. "Paul can do a lot better than he did last weekend and he needs a big performance."
Fanneran caught his taller opponent with a smattering of jabs in Saturday's semi-final but never pressed home the advantage and had to settle for a majority decision.
Team-mate Connor Maclaren, who reached the national novices' final at the end of last year, also progressed with a majority win over Manny Essex (Danson Youth) in the under-70kg semi-final.
Maclaren, who now faces the highly-rated Lerome Richards (Lynn Club) in the final, began tidily against Essex, but then appeared to lose his discipline.
Also through to the final is Dale Youth's Reece Newcombe, who put in an excellent display to defeat Jon Winson (Finchley) on a unanimous verdict at under-64kg.
Rhys Roser (bye) completes the Dale Youth contingent at the London finals, also at York Hall, but there was disappointment for a fifth member of the club.
Robbie Shipley put in a good work-rate against Dagenham's A McCarthy, but was frustrated by his opponent's holding tactics and lost out on a majority decision.
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