Smith must step it up
PUBLISHED: 13:52 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010
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HOOKS ABC s Andrew Smith has been told to raise his game if he wants to become a national finalist for the second year running. Smith, who lost out in the National Schoolboys Championship final last year when he boxed for Dale Youth ABC, claimed a place
HOOKS ABC's Andrew Smith has been told to raise his game if he wants to become a national finalist for the second year running.
Smith, who lost out in the National Schoolboys' Championship final last year when he boxed for Dale Youth ABC, claimed a place in the London finals of the National Boys' Clubs' Championships last Saturday.
He defeated Khaliq Miah (Northolt) in the class A under-63kg section to join three team-mates from the Park Royal club - Paul Fanneran, Tommy McDonagh and Luke Robinson - in the next stage this weekend.
"Andrew landed the cleaner punches, but he needs to work a bit harder," said Hooks trainer Steve Newland. "People expect a lot from him because he won the Mayor's Cup and got to a national final last year.
"But he's not really boxed much since then, he's had a slow start to the season and they don't realise how inexperienced he actually is.
"He'll be better for the final, though, and I think he'll come good. All four of them are certainly in with a shout and we're looking for our first London champions."
Smith hurt Miah with a big right-hander in the second round of their bout, but was unable to follow that up, while Fanneran also went through - but faces a stiff test in the London finals at York Hall.
A national finalist in 2008, Fanneran eased past the Peacock's Claudio Paulo in the class C under-67kg section, producing some big shots and working the angles to good effect in the last two rounds.
He now faces old rival George Mahoney (Repton) in the London finals - and goes into Saturday's clash with the upper hand, having won twice and lost once in their three previous meetings.
Also through to the London stage are Tommy McDonagh (class A under-50kg) and Luke Robinson (class C under-86kg), both of whom received byes.
HOOKS youngster Patsy Corcoran won a unanimous decision against the home club's Louis Isaacs on the Lion Club show last Friday.
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