Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Danny's a Class Act

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Danny's a Class Act

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Byline: Adam Steel

Talented teenager Danny Phillips used a combination of force and finesse to book a place in the national schoolboys' Golden Gloves final.

South Bank's reigning English champion got to grips with Martin Tallon (Salisbury) at Everton Park Sports Centre, going through in style 10-2.

"He was class to watch," trainer Denis Power said of Danny's Class Three, 52kg victory.

"The other kid towered over him at 5ft 10in and I thought he would have to fight him and force him back to beat him.

"But he did it with boxing - out-counter punching a counter puncher.

"The kid was lost, Danny was still banging him and hurting him up close but he beat him off the back foot.

"It was an awesome display considering I was going to pull him out the day before.

"He was tight at the weight and had to train until the last minute to get the final pound off."

Danny, 15, will box Dagenham's Richard Williams at the Gateshead finals on March 26, where Power will be one of the referees.

Middlesbrough ABC feel aggrieved that Affy Khan will not be joining them on the trip up the A19 after he controversially lost 5-3 against Willie Williamson of Essex.

Team-mate Chris Peacock also fell at the final hurdle, although his defeat to Anthony Fowler (Golden Gloves) was reportedly closer than the 10-3 score.

"Affy's was a disgrace," said Middlesbrough coach Tony Whitby.

"The other coach even went up to my assistant Will Peacock afterwards to apologise.

"He couldn't believe the result himself. He thought it should have been the other way around!

"If he had got to the final, it would have meant an England call-up, which he deserves.

"He's only been boxing for 11 months and in that time won the national novice cadets and missed out in these semis.

"For the time he's been in the game he's done marvellous. …

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