Kennedy hits medal trail


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

FOLKE­STONE Box­ing Club’s Josh Kennedy started the sea­son with two daz­zling per­for­mances in the re­cent HSK box­ing cham­pi­onships held in Den­mark.

Kennedy was drawn against tough Dan­ish youth cham­pion, M.Griger­son in the semi-fi­nal. And he pro­duced a sparkling dis­play, prov­ing far too skil­ful for the young Dane, who fought gamely to the end of the bout but was out-scored by a mas­sive 271 mar­gin.

In the fi­nal, Kennedy faced Michael Cline, from Rom­ford, a classy south­paw boxer with an out­stand­ing record.

In-form Kennedy be­gan with tremendous pace and scor­ing with com­bi­na­tions. Even­tu­ally Kennedy landed a tremendous hook to the body that stopped the Rom­ford lad for the first time in 36 bouts, thereby lift­ing the gold medal.

Coach Mark Frew said: “Josh looked su­perb. He nor­mally is a slow starter and likes to have a look at the op­po­nent in the first round, and has to work harder in the lat­ter states. But in both bouts he took con­trol from the start.”

There was bit­ter dis­ap­point­ment for Fred Fel­lows from Cheri­ton. Af­ter reach­ing the fi­nal, an ex­cit­ing match with Fin­land’s A.Hic­tala failed to ma­te­ri­alise af­ter a cler­i­cal er­ror by Dan­ish of­fi­cials.

Head coach, Harry Slater along with Mark Frew and Dean Garn­ham ac­com­pa­nied the box­ers on the trip.

The box­ers will be in action at the club’s an­nual din­ner show on Novem­ber 8 at the Leas Cliff Hall. For tick­ets or in­for­ma­tion con­tact Harry Slater on 01303 253489.

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