McCanns unlucky not to take gold in Warrington

Billy and Patsy McCann
Billy and Patsy McCann

Cousins Billy and Patsy McCann from Desborough were unlucky not to return with gold medals from the Three Nation Championships held in Warrington.

The Kettering School of Boxing duo eventually came back with a silver and bronze.

Lightwelter Billy was involved in the most exciting contest on semi-finals day against Welsh southpaw Kyran Jones in a contest that was fought at a relentless pace with no quarter given.

His trademark body punching featured heavily as he blocked and covered up the counter-punching Jones who had to stand and trade eventually matching body shots.

It was hard to separate between the two but McCann’s all-action style deserved more.

Patsy – on his lightweight international debut – couldn’t have been better, clearly winning on all five judges score cards he kept Morgan Palmer on the end of a rapier jab .

The Welshman kept his composure but was outboxed and outmaneuvered by Patsy as he teased and frustrated him and it appeared he had his card marked from the off.

In a repeat of the junior ABA final that Patsy won against Londoner Danny Barratt, they contested for the 

It appeared Patsy handled Barratt even more clearly than he did when he won the title but came out a 3-2 loser.

The switch-hitter from the capital threw lots of punches that fell short and was pulled up with McCann’s fast left hand before attacking with combinations before moving away.

Both cousins initially were disappointed with the results but realised both have improved tremendously this season and have contributed to their Kettering School of Boxing club’s international vests haul that now stands at 44.

Karios Baubkus rounded off the season with an amazing third-round knockout to win the newly-formed UNIBOX Elite boxing belt.

On a 10-fight bill of superheavyweights held at the Real Tennis Club in Royal Leamington Spa, the 22-year-old proved too much of a puncher against Coventry-based Nigerian Alyasa Majemite.

The Kettering ABC banger followed coach Dave Wallington’s instructions to the letter and now must make others in his weight division sit up and take note because he dominated the contest and proved too strong and effective before delivering the stunning one punch KO in the third, The Regent Street outfit will continue to be open in the summer for keep-fitters and for youngsters who want to start boxing.

Kettering School of Boxing finished off their season with 14-year-old lightweight Travis Biddle continuing his improvement with a unanimous points win over Coalville’s Owen Neeson.

Biddle stayed close, out-punched and was too busy with fast combinations against Neeson who eventually ran out of ideas and stamina.

Biddle’s 12-year-old club-mate Patsy Scott wasn’t so lucky against Patric Doherty who was taller and used his reach against the shorter Scott.

When the local youngster was allowed to hold the centre of the ring, his much better boxing skills were evident but he just lost out the local favourite in Leicester.

Kettering School of Boxing have another two coaches who have just qualified. Club captain Pete Garside, who has retired from competition, is one of them along with stalwart Jim Payne.

Teenage talent Irdi Cupi is Corby Amateur Boxing Club’s latest champion.

Cupi was inspired by watching club-mate Simon Barclay win two ABA titles and the 14-year-old is now a champion himself after winning the Redditch Schools Box Cup.

The tournament brought together champions and hopefuls from across the country and Barclay was in Cupi’s corner when he outpointed T Dunne (Rumbol’s) in the final at 57kgs.

“It was a tough, tough fight,” said coach John Mulheron, “And it came down to who wanted it the most.

“Irdi watched Simon win the ABAs and told me he wanted to win titles as well. I said it would take a lot of hard work and he’s earned this success.”

Cupi earned his place in the final with a points win over T O’Sullivan (St Mary’s), then dug deep to outpoint Dunne to win the title.