Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Joe Flies Family Flag; Teen Follows Brother's Path AMATEUR BOXING

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Joe Flies Family Flag; Teen Follows Brother's Path AMATEUR BOXING

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REDCAR ABC'S Joe McBride sealed the second part of a family boxing title double as he battled to a memorable victory in Brentwood.

The 15-year-old joined his Junior ABA-winning brother Sean in the history books with a 3-2 points triumph in the Class A junior novice finals.

Joe pipped Steve Hill (West Hill) in their welterweight division final, raising his fight record to 10 wins from 14 in the process.

"Joe has done really well this season," said his club trainer Frankie Wales.

"He is a lot more focused and has also been named captain of Redcar Town and has grown with the responsibility.

"He was a worthy winner of the final and I thought he should have won by six or seven points instead of one.

"He blocked most of the lad's punches and scored with uppercuts and back hands of his own."

Wales was unhappy with conditions at the Essex venue, but it could not take the shine off Redcar's day and the McBrides may even have the chance to celebrate a third title in future, as Joe and Sean's younger brother Jake also boxes for the club, although Wales is loath to burden him with expectations.

"Jake has got his own abilities, but I wouldn't even think about putting any pressure on him," said Wales.

He added: "Joe has won one title, so why can't he win another one in future?

"But he has got to stay focused and keep training hard. There is a big jump from winning the novices to a schoolboy title."

CHAMPIONSHIP bouts beckon for four more Teesside amateurs, who will spend this Sunday shooting it out with opponents from the North-west in the National Senior Novice quarter-finals. Wellington ABC's Daniel Johnson and Paul Pearce of Brambles Farm ABC are in action at Wingate, where they won their Tyne, Tees and Wear divisions, along with Phil Thomas School of Boxing's Tyrone Robb and John Green, who went through on byes.

Fit and persistent, Johnson booked his spot via third round disqualification over Phil Thomas' James Kilvington, who was worn down and eliminated near the end of their Tees derby after three warnings for holding. …

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