Powerday Hooks celebrating new home, with youngsters crowned London champions
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 May 2018
Powerday Hooks ABC had double reason to cheer as April came to an end.
After getting the chance to use their new gym at Popes Lane for the first time on Friday, they saw more of their young boxers win London titles two days later.
They will now go on to box in the National quarter-finals at Feltham’s Springwest Academy on Sunday May 13 (1pm).
Nathan Barrett, 12, was first in action at 40kg and boxed well to pick off Shahid Miah (Uxbridge) for a points win.
Last year’s national finalist Tony O’Donnell, 13, was a clear winner against Repton’s Max Glenister at 31kg, overcoming a quiet first round to step up his workrate and ease past a willing opponent.
Tommy Lee O’Donnell, 13, showed plenty of fight at 35kg against Wesdt Ham’s Francie Coyle, but suffered defeat, while James O’Donohue, 13, was stopped by Islington’s Lewis Whelan-Barone in the second round of their 50kg bout.
There was better news for southpaw Brian O’Donnell, 14, who was involved in the bout of the day with West Ham’s Delraj Singh-Gozra.
A national finalist last year, O’Donnell edged an exciting contest by a 2-1 margin in what is sure to be the first of many meetings between these two rivals at championship level.
The three winners on the day took the club’s list of London champions to nine as they join clubmates Michael O’Donnell, Pat Doherty, Joel Fallon, Curtis McDonagh, Simon O’Donnell and Leo Lacourt at the next stage as the successful north London club looks for more glory in the ring.
A delighted Powerday Hooks head coach Steve Newland said: “We owe a lot of thank yous, but today my mind is on everything that’s happened in the last couple of weeks.
“A new gym, our own gym at last after suffering a fire when the gym was nearly completed.
“The support we had, now nine in the National quarter-finals and for once we don’t have to travel – Christmas has come early!
“Our lads boxed well today, but all could have been sharper. The new gym will make a big difference, as we now have more gym time to work on developing our boxers ringcraft.
“Sunday May 13 is a big day for Powerday Hooks and the next two weeks will be hard work for the nine National quarter-finalists.”