Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hartley Eyes Title Glory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Hartley Eyes Title Glory

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Liam Hartley is through to the Junior ABA heavyweight final - without lifting a glove in anger.

But bantamweight star and fellow Teessider James McElvaney saw his title hopes hit by a surprise semi-final defeat.

Hartley received a bye into the final after Robert Young (Mill Farm) pulled out.

The 18-year-old now meets Taunton's Chris Snell at Huddersfield on May 29 for the right to become national champion.

"I fancy him very strongly to win it," said Richie Cosgrove, Liam's coach at Halfpenny ABC in Middlesbrough.

"We're not taking anything for granted but the kid will have to be good to beat Liam.

"He can dig with both hands and has experience at this kind of level.

"He got through to the National Schoolboys semi-finals so it's not like he's going into it fresh."

England international McElvaney looked another certain finalist but was stopped in the fourth round by L Walsh (Kingfisher) at Everton Parks Sports Centre, Liverpool.

James tired after taking an early lead and was led back to his corner by the referee after taking a standing count.

"It wasn't a true reflection on James McElvaney," said South Bank coach David Power.

"He'd just got over the flu that affected him in the quarter-finals when he turned an ankle in training.

"A fully-fit James would have tortured him."

A NORTH-EAST select beat Scotland 7-5 in a night of classy amateur boxing at the Moodiesburn Hotel, Glasgow.

Scores were finely balanced at 6-5 going into the final bout.

But Redcar light-welterweight Danny Atkinson dug in to cement a fine away win for the squad including lads from East Cleveland, Middlesbrough ABC and the Halfpenny.

Danny forced Stephen McConville to retire injured at the end of the first round after shrugging off an early count.

Team captain Phil Boyle (Halfpenny) lost a dubious majority decision after bossing Eddie Doyle for most of their penultimate contest.

Matty Hall (East Cleveland) also came out on the wrong end of a majority verdict against Scottish champion Eddie Finney after getting the better of it. …

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