England Boxing National Schools Championships 2019 – Male Under 54kg Class B preview
May 15, 2019 | by Matt Halfpenny
The Male Under 54kg Class B division of the England Boxing National Schools Championships is set to be an intriguing showdown, with four talented boxers having made the semi-final stages, all hoping to go all the way…
Dillon Lynley is aiming to follow in his coach’s footsteps when he steps into the ring for the semi-finals of the England Boxing National Schools Championships 2019 at the K2 in Crawley.
Back in 1989, Peter Carragher was boxing for Knottingley when he was crowned a winner of this title in the same Class B division, boxing at Under 63kg.
Now, 30 years on, the pair hope lightning will strike twice as the SYD Ringside teenager travels south to the Southern Counties venue, having beaten Abdul Wahid (O’Dell’s) in his quarter-final.
“I’m been running the gym for about 15 years now and I’m the last person to have won a schools title, so it would be great to see Dillon do it too,” said Peter.
“He’s one of the best boxers I have seen for his age and he has a lot of power – as much as some seniors.
“They are all good lads left in at this stage and it will be tough, but it would mean everything to him and me if he could become a national champion. He is a real star in the making.”
Another to make it through to the semi-finals at Male Under 54kg is Rumbles boxer Frank Brazil.
The Kent youngster was a victor over Edward McDonagh of High Wycombe in his quarter-final.
Coach Charlie Rumbol said: “It’s a really good achievement for Frank to get this far. When he first came to us he’d lost his previous three bouts, but we have now got him down to what we think is his correct weight and he has really shone.
“He has since beaten some good kids from Pinewood and West Ham and beat a decent opponent on Saturday with a good performance to get through to the semis.
“He has done well to get this far and anything else is a bonus, but now he wants to go on and win it.”
East Midlands boxer Thomas Robinson (South Derbyshire) is the third semi-finalist after coming through against Merseyside and Cheshire’s Charlie Goffett (Croxteth).
He is bidding to go at least one step further, if not two, having reached the semi-final stages in the previous two years.
Dad and coach Peter Robinson, from Swadlincote, said: “Thomas has won 19 out of his last 21 bouts and is looking sharp.
“His first loss as a Cadet was the right decision, but last year he felt a little unlucky not to get the nod from the nudges.
“However, he has trained even harder for this year and worked hard on his technique as well as his fitness, which is right up there.
“On home shows he’s been boxing lads that are older than him, which is all good experience and will hopefully stand in him good stead.”
Last but by no means least in making up the semi-final quartet is Newham’s Emmanuel Buttigieg.
He has shown his form with 10 wins from 12 bouts and has a success against a schoolboy champion in the shape of Danny Delaney to his name.
“He’s a very good boy, who’s shown he can box and he is strong as well,” said coach Joe Chapman.
“How he will get on at this stage is hard to say because we know that those left in are all good boxers.
“He is really looking forward to it and it’s one where we don’t have to travel far. We’ve had plenty of champions in the past, but not for a few years now, so it would be great to have another winner for the club’s history books.”
A key information circular has now been issued for the England Boxing National Schools Championships 2019, and you can access it by clicking here.
Spectator tickets are available on the day, priced £20 adults, £10 concessions (65+) and £5 children (6 to 15-year-olds). Under 5s are free.
Boxing starts at 1pm on Saturday (12 noon doors) and at 12noon on Sunday (11am doors).
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