Notable scalp for McCann in Cork

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Multi-titled Patsy McCann came away from Cork with a good scalp after he beat Brendan Harkin 17-9.

Sixteen-year-old light-middle McCann was always in control against the tall Irish champion, setting up attacks on the back foot before jabbing his way in with hard combination body punches. Harkin produced a gallant effort in the last but fell short.

England lost 13 bouts to six on the night and there are now some tense days ahead before countries pick their teams for the European Championships later this month.

McCann, meanwhile, linked up with the other rising stars in the Jaguar Academy of Sport for an exclusive workshop with some of British sport’s most famous names.

The young sporting stars were were invited to Altitude at London’s Millbank Tower, as part of the Academy’s commitment to mentoring and education, to attend a workshop and question and answer session with the likes of David Beckham, Sir Ian Botham, Gareth Edwards, Dame Kelly Holmes, Denise Lewis and Sir Steve Redgrave.

Focusing on striving for excellence, the event provided a once in a lifetime opportunity to discuss what it takes to make it to the top with the biggest names in sport and how to cope with the environment this level of competition brings.

Elsewhere in the local boxing scene, Kettering Amateur Boxing Club’s 25-year-old debutant Naila Kian stole the show in her club’s final show of this season.

The featherweight had her home supporters stamping their feet and clapping with every punch thrown against another first-timer in Shanice Calvert of Northampton’s Kingsthorpe ABC.

Both gave everything they could and finished exhausted. The aggressive Calvert threw volumes of punches and then retreated and, at times, turned away taking gulps of air as the more composed Kian kept her shape and skills together with the straighter punches.

A thrilling last round saw both show an abundance of guts and bravery with the Kettering fighter winning on a majority points verdict at Burton Latimer’s Recreation Centre. The club lost six bouts in the two days leading up to the show but still managed a 10-fight bill.

Senior Dexter Douglas met in-form welterweight John Gardiner from Wellingborough ABC, who won on a majority.

Douglas tried to get in close to unload his bombs and he began to tire as he was kept at bay by Gardiner’s longer punches.

His attacks became more infrequent and he fought in bursts as the the 20-year-old nullified Douglas’ work on the inside.

Sixteen-year-old light-heavy Asa Foster’s fitness let him down against Euen Oram, who enjoyed a huge height advantage over the strong and aggressive Foster, who initially had good foot and hand speed on his debut.

But the more composed and experienced Oram picked his punches to win unanimously on points as did Corby ABC’s Josh Smikel against Todd Tomkins.

The pace slowed down after an aggressive start by both who shared fast feet and hand speed skills.

Smikel used a an effective uppercut against Tomkins, who tried to counter but was beaten to the punch by the Corby man.

Twelve-year-old Reece Speechley’s fierce two-handed attack in the final round was not enough to overturn the earlier work from Cheshunt’s Steve O’Hara, who attacked in bursts and never allowed Speechley any time to keep his composure.

Kettering School of Boxing club captain Pete Garside demonstrated strong body punching skills and didn’t waste a punch routine against decent opposition in Tom Windson from the RAF.

Garside is in perfect physical condition at the age of 33 and bobbed and weaved to give a master display as he switched to attacks to the head and then the body.

He dropped Windson for an eight count with another strength sapping body punch before a right uppercut and another body shot prompted Windson to turn away in obvious distress and retire himself.

Nathan Fullarton looked out of sorts after an interesting and exciting first round against capable middleweight Greg Somerton and suffered a cut eye, which prompted referee Sandy Mathewson to step in and stop the contest.

Fifteen-year-old Joe Payne failed to overturn a Midland title defeat against the very experienced Haran Bains from the Pleck ABC.

The Walsall battler hit, grabbed and held and although warned continually, Payne just could not get into any rhythm at all.

It became very frustrating for him as he did the best he could against an opponent who was allowed to lean on and spoil.