BOXING: McDonagh ready for the Irish
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
WALCOT boxer Jimmy McDonagh will make his third appearance for England schoolboys on Thursday when he travels to Westport, County Mayo, to compete against an Irish select team.
The 15-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful season last year, securing the English Schoolboy Championship after beating northern champion Edward Stokes convincingly in the final.
McDonagh made his England debut in the subsequent Three Nations schoolboy tournament in Warrington.
He beat Scottish champion Callum Cook in the semi-finals, before defeating Michael McDonagh in the final to clinch gold.
A call-up to a recent England training camp in Bradford, where he impressed with his sparring, has led to this latest selection.
McDonagh said: “I’m really looking forward to pulling on the England vest again. The England training camp went really well and I feel on top of my game.
“I don’t know much about my opponent but I’m sure he’ll be a pretty good boxer. I’ve been training hard for weeks and I’m ready to face anyone.”
Walcot chief coach Harry Scott is confident McDonagh will make him proud.
He said: “Jimmy’s preparation has been spot on and he is looking fit. He has been sparring with older, heavier, lads and doing really well.
“He just has to hold his nerve on the day and let his boxing flow, which I’m sure he will.”
Walcot chairman Dave Veysey added: “This is another proud day for Jimmy and all the coaching team at Walcot ABC.
“Only eight boxers have been selected for the schoolboy team so it is a great honour for Jimmy to have been chosen.
“Jimmy has been training at Walcot since he was seven years old, and it’s fantastic to see him progress up through the ranks.
“Everyone at Walcot wishes him well.”
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