Further success for boxing club
DOWNEND Boxing Club is continuing its string of success, this time in Northern Ireland.
Three boxers from club, based at the Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds, travelled to Belfast on May 4 to compete in the Belfast Beltway tournament at the prestigious Europa Hotel.
The Belfast Beltway project is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing support for at-risk youth through cultural exchange and international athletic competition.
The competition is between young people from Belfast and Washington. Downend boxers' inclusion in the event was thanks to the Quinn family, dad Charlie of Ardoyne, Northern Ireland, Downend coach Grainne Quinn and her brother Emmanuel who lives in Washington DC and Charlene also of Washington.
Bailey Phillips, 18, and 20-year-old twins Jake and Ben Demmery represented Downend against opposition from Antrim.
First up was Ben Demmery who faced Conal Ross over three two minuet rounds. A fast pace and accurate punching from Demmery saw the Ulsterman return fire with skilful combinations. At the last bell, Ben Demmery took a split points decision.
The success continued as Phillips took to the ring against David McKeavney.
What followed was testament to excellent match making with an all action contest that saw both boxers at their very best.
Phillips took the judges decision after a superb three round bout.
Jake Demmery was looking to continue the success as he climbed into the ring against Lex Weston.
The contest was a superb clash of styles with Demmery's hard aggressive punching being met by clever long range boxing by the man from Antrim. In the end however, the win stayed in Ireland with a split points decision going to Weston.
Bailey said: "It was amazing, we got to meet some really good people from Belfast, and the USA and were made so welcome in the Quinn family home town of Ardoyne.
"We were surrounded by great boxers from Northern Ireland past and present like professional boxer Caoimhin Hynes, and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher.
"The highlight was meeting another member of the Quinn family, cousin and former WBU World Welterweight champion Eamonn Magee, at the World famous Shamrock club in Ardoyne."
In further good news, 13-year-old Ethan Moore, of Hillfields, has made his way to the National Schools Championship final.
Ethan hopes to follow in older brother Jude's footsteps in winning a national title and boxing for England.