Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Title Double for Danny

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Title Double for Danny

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Byline: Adam Steel

South bank prodigy Danny Phillips hit a winning double in Gateshead - by claiming a second English title.

The 15-year-old, pictured above, completely controlled Richard Williamson (Dagenham) in his Golden Gloves final, prevailing 20-3 to follow up last year's national schoolboy win.

"He totally outboxed and outfought him," said Danny's trainer Denis Power.

"The kid took a standing count in the second and in the last round and it really could have been stopped."

Danny's landslide success at Class Three, 52kg, also gave his club their first back-to-back national champion and left Power singing his praises.

"I can't fault his training. He has not really had any time off since Christmas," he said.

"The only breaks he has had have been on a Sunday when he has boxed on the Saturday.

"He was one of three or four kids who stood out from 30 bouts, which is saying something.

"And he can keep on winning, providing he maintains the same intensity and does a little fine-tuning to his diet."

Danny, who has won 22 of 25 contests, will aim for another title double if he is selected - as is expected - for the cadet Four Nations next month.

The St Peter's School pupil won the competition on his debut last year after beating Davey Docherty in the Class 2, 48kg schoolboy final.

THORNTREE super heavyweight John Lewis enjoyed a convincing victory in the regional senior novices finals at the Tall Trees.

Lewis (Phil Thomas School of Boxing) was too big and fast for old rival Dave Garside (Headland), triumphing 17-3 in Class B for 20 bouts or less.

The 19-year-old Tyne, Tees and Wear champion now has a bye to the quarter-finals of the competition, meaning he misses tomorrow night's North-east counties box-offs at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Halfpenny lightweight Paul McDonald was also denied the chance to box, controversially losing his Class A (ten matches and under) decider to Lewis Cope. …

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