Leigh Boxers make finals

Coan Gildart

Kian Flanagan

Josh Waterworth

First published in Sport

LEIGH Amateur Boxing Club have four young boxers through to the National Schoolboy Finals.

Josh Waterworth, Kian Flanagan and Coan Gildart all produced awesome performances in Croxteth, Liverpool on Sunday to join Paddy Hewitt in the National Finals over the next two weeks.

Eleven-year-old Kian Flanagan was in scintillating form using speed and movement to outscore his opponent Jay Plant-Burnett of Stoke-based Tom Lowe Boxing Club and take a unanimous win.

Immediately after this 11-year-old Coan Gildart entered the ring to face Birmingham's Jake Melvin of Hall Green Boxing Club, and the Leigh boxer again produced a polished performance, continually catching his opponent with fast combinations and heavy right hands, to score a unanimous points’ win.

Shaun Michael Varey and Callum Ryder were both very unlucky losing out to split decisions, while Isaac McDonagh performed well despite losing out in his first ever national semi-final.

Thirteen-year-old Josh Waterworth then gave the outstanding performance of the day outworking, outpunching and outscoring Jamie Cockburn of the powerful North East based Birtley Boxing.

Eleven-year-old Isaac McDonagh gave his all in his Semi-final against Carlos Stewart of Donnington but was beaten on points, while it was heartbreak for 12-year-old Callum Ryder who traded punch for punch with his opponent but was just edged out on the scorecards.

Shaun Michael Varey, 13, seemingly was in control throughout in his semi-final against Northants-based Darrem Manget of Burton Park, but somehow the judges returned a points’ victory to Manget to the surprise of the crowd.

Josh Waterworth now boxes this Saturday in the Schoolboy National Final in Huddersfield against Alfie Mehegan of London based Newham Boys Club. Kian Flanagan, Coan Gildart and Paddy Hewitt box in their Schoolboy National Finals a week on Saturday in Walkden against opponents yet to be confirmed.

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