Repton juniors gain sweet revenge over rivals

Repton juniors Brett Beadon and Sam McNess have turned the tables on their junior ABA conquerors at the Great Britain Tri-Nations Championships

Repton juniors Brett Beadon and Sam McNess gained sweet revenge at the Great Britain Tri-Nations Championships in Liverpool as the pair turned the tables on rivals who took disputed decisions at last month's junior ABA finals.

Both Beadon and McNess suffered controversial defeats at the national finals, which were also held on Merseyside, but bounced back to defeat their conquerors at the second attempt on Saturday.

"The boys were unhappy about the decisions that went against them in the junior ABA finals when all seven of our boxers finished as runners up," said Repton chief coach Tony Burns.

"I told them this was their chance to prove their point and both produced quality performances."


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McNess proved too good for Scottish semi-final opponent Chris McHale, boxing his way to a clear win to set up a final showdown against Long Lane BC rival Steve Lewis in the Class Five Under-64kg category.

McNess was judged a 6-4 loser in their earlier meeting, but this time the Repton boxer took complete control, finding his way through his opponent's defences in every round to earn a 5-1 verdict from the judges.

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Beadon also overcame Scottish opposition in his semi-final, outpointing Conor Law to reach the Under-57kg final against junior ABA winner Shafiq Ali, from South Bank BC.

Beadon, who thought he had done enough to win their first meeting, went all out to clinch a revenge victory in another high-standard clash and scored with impressive attacks.

But the judges again had problems separating the pair and scored the fight level at 3-3 - leading to a countback that saw the Repton boxer prevail by an 8-7 margin.

l Repton's Simon Baker was in winning form for an England schoolboys team in an international clash against a powerful Irish squad in Waterford last weekend.

The classy Bethnal Green club boxer celebrated his England call-up with a quality display against Irish rival Gerry Whitehouse, dominating the opening exchanges and stepping up the pace in the second round to force an early win in the Under-57kg encounter.

Reggie Thrower, who was also called up to the England team, gave a plucky display against a more experienced rival in Wexford's Jack Robinson, but the Repton youngster dropped a 7-3 verdict in the Under-36kg contest.

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