Teen boxers show fighting spirit
SIX young boxers competed in an international showcase in Ireland.
Brothers Callum and Bradley Smith , Bailey Phillips, Jack Oram, Taylor Andrews and Sharaz Amin competed for Downend Boxing Club across several classes in the annual Celtic International Box Cup.
First up was Jack Oram who gave away a significant age and experience deficit against Irish champion Kedlyn Roche, who took a points decision.
Next up was Bailey Phillips, who was unlucky to suffer a deep cut to his right eyebrow during an accidental head clash with Waterford boxer Jordan Halpin. The injury was treated between rounds but the Downend coaches had to withdraw him from the competition on safety grounds.
Taylor Andrews then took to the ring to represent the Fishponds-based club against Ali Akbar, from Bury. Taylor lost a close split decision.
Bradley Smith faced Mykey Broughton from Birmingham and took a close first round but the Midlander came at Bradley with heavy attacks that saw Bradley wrestled to the floor and struck. Broughton took a points decision, which was followed by a formal objection to officials by the Downend team manager.
Callum had better luck in his semi-final against Portugal’s Carlos DeSilva, with classy boxing from taking a unanimous decision. In his final, Callum was up against John O’Meara, from the Dale Youth club of London.After a phenomenal contest, the judges were split and the gold went to London.
Downend coach Craig Turner said: "I am delighted by the team's performance. There was some bad luck this year, however the team took it on the chin and behaved impeccably. That’s what it’s all about."