Stevenage boxer unlucky not to progress

PUBLISHED: 09:35 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

STEVENAGE ABC boxer Tommy Grice was unlucky not to progress to the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves competition. The 15-year-old lost a disputed majority decision to Redcar s Rob Walker, the reigning Golden Gloves champion. Grice had to travel north of Ne

STEVENAGE ABC boxer Tommy Grice was unlucky not to progress to the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves competition.

The 15-year-old lost a disputed majority decision to Redcar's Rob Walker, the reigning Golden Gloves champion.

Grice had to travel north of Newcastle to Newbiggin Leisure Centre to challenge Walker.

After sharing the ring with six previous national finalists or champions, Grice was unfazed despite being the underdog. He showed more intent in the first round and continued his work after a brief rally from Walker at the start of the second. Walker came out with all guns blazing for the third and final round.

And surprisingly he took the decision with three of the five judges awarding him the closest of margins.

Grice will look to get back in action as soon as possible in readiness for the club's dinner show on April 20.

On an earlier show at Lowestoft, 16-year-old Anthony McDonnagh made a successful ring debut. He forced two standing eight counts on an outclassed Ipswich fighter.

McDonnagh is one to watch for the future after showing a wide range of skills and power.


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