BOXING

Llanelli Star - - ATHLETICS AND BOXING -

CARDI­GAN ABC’s Mikey O’Sullivan won the sec­ond Welsh school­boy ti­tle of his bur­geon­ing ca­reer at Cardiff’s Sophia Gar­dens on Sun­day.

Pit­ted against Lewis Green­halgh (Dyf­fryn ABC), the Fish­guard young­ster flew out of his cor­ner in his usual style, plough­ing into his North Walian op­po­nent with both hands.

With less than a minute on the clock, O’Sullivan had landed a crack­ing left hook, giv­ing Green­halgh a stand­ing eight count.

Re­fus­ing to al­low Green­halgh off the hook, O’Sullivan charged straight back in, land­ing a con­tin­u­ous bar­rage of punches which prompted the ref­eree to intervene be­fore the end of the first round.

A mem­ber of a noted Fish­guard boxing fam­ily, O’Sullivan had sealed his place in the fi­nal with a one-sided unan­i­mous points win over New­port’s Sean Ward the pre­vi­ous week. TROSTRE Am­a­teur Boxing Club’s Kian Evans de­feated Iolo Phillips from Car­marthen ABC in a busy night of am­a­teur boxing at the Great Moun­tain Club in Tum­ble.

In their first com­pet­i­tive bout, the two 14-year-olds were well matched in terms of weight (56kg), height and reach.

At the first bell Phillips was the ag­gres­sor as he threw a com­bi­na­tion of punches which left Evans on the back foot. How­ever, Evans was able to smother that at­tack and move to the safety of cen­tre ring where he be­gan to score with his right jab.

A fairly even first round was shaded by Evans as he im­proved to­wards the bell.

Evans, after advice from his cor­ner, started the sec­ond round in con­fi­dent fash­ion.

Phillips seemed to be hav­ing trou­ble work­ing out his op­po­nent’s south­paw tech­niques as Evans landed with an in­creas­ing num­ber of right jabs, fol­lowed by ac­cu­rate left crosses.

The third round saw Evans press home his ad­van­tage as Phillips con­tin­ued to strug­gle with his op­po­nent’s south­paw stance.

De­spite be­ing outscored, Phillips con­tin­ued to put in a brave ef­fort but could not cut into Evans’s ad­van­tage, which re­sulted in a unan­i­mous ver­dict for the Trostre boxer.

Kian Evans.

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