Croft twins shine with classy wins

Carmarthen Journal - - Sport -

CRYMYCH box­ing twins Ioan and Garan Croft notched up high-class vic­to­ries in the Wales v Ire­land in­ter­na­tional at Cardiff’s Sophia Gar­dens at the week­end.

Paired with old ri­val Jack McGivern, of Belfast, who he had beaten in a very close con­test in the Monkstown Cup back in June, south­paw Ioan took part in an­other crack­ing bout in which two well-matched box­ers pro­duced an ex­cel­lent dis­play of box­ing at its best.

In the end it was the Cardi­gan boxer who just edged it, earn­ing a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion fol­low­ing sharp, ac­cu­rate punch­ing over the three three-minute rounds.

Garan came straight in af­ter Ioan to take on Gareth Dowl­ing of Dublin. He went straight in with shar,p ac­cu­rate shots from the start, land­ing sev­eral sharp right hands and at one stage looked likely to record a stop­page.

Dowl­ing, how­ever, was made of strong stuff and kept bounc­ing back with some dan­ger­ous shots of his own, although the Welsh teenager won on a split de­ci­sion.

The twins re­turn to Sophia Gar­dens this week­end for a Wales v Eng­land in­ter­na­tional, then travel to Prague the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day for the Julius Torma tour­na­ment.

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