Gwynne and McGoldrick give double delight for St Joes
This weekend, there was double delight for St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport as two of their prospects gained shut-out wins.
Trelewis’ Gavin Gwynne (4-0) has his eyes on a Welsh title in the not too distant future and he took a step towards that on Saturday night.
The lightweight was involved in his maiden six-round contest and saw no need to pace himself, applying constant attacks from the first bell. Gwynne run away with every round to earn a dominant 60-54 decision win.
Standing at six foot, ‘GG’ presents a physical challenge for most in his weight category and he was keen to make it count against Stockport’s Jamie Quinn (2-32-2).
In the opener, Gwynne used his lengthy jab to pin Quinn to the back foot, a position that was difficult to evade. Gwynne’s second phase in the following round saw him step across the circling target to land well-timed body shots with increasing success.
To Quinn’s credit, he didn’t attempt to hold and force the referee to reset the action. Instead, Quinn squeezed up his defence but that only served to give Gwynne angles to introduce uppercuts.
In the second half of the fight, Gwynne began to go through his gears and turn the screw. Gwynne used his jab to continuously pick away at Quinn and when it occupied the visitor’s attention, it allowed the Welshman leverage to score with hooks from range.
The duration of Gwynne’s combinations increased minute on minute, suggesting he’ll be well suited to the longer 10 round distances of Welsh title fights.
Pontyberem’s Zack Davies is also at lightweight and edging closer to championship distances. A meeting between the two would be a barnstormer, just like their meeting as amateurs in the semi-finals of the 2014 Welsh Championships.
Co-Trainer Billy Reynolds cornered Gwynne as Head Coach Tony Borg was 200 miles away at Sean McGoldrick’s (1-0) debut in the Manchester Arena, which was scored 40-36.
McGoldrick enjoyed a stellar amateur career with numerous Welsh title wins. The bantamweight represented Team GB at a number of international tournaments and collected medals at two Commonwealth Games.
It attracted interest from some of the sport’s main movers. McGoldrick signed with Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn and Matthew Macklin as his manager.
The 25-year-old bagged every round against Worcestershire’s Brett Fidoe (7-36-2, 5KO). The capable journeyman picked up a win last week but was kept under control by McGoldrick, who edged forward behind some precise single and double straight shots.
Fidoe, who has only been stopped by Andrew Selby, was able to fiddle his way away from McGoldrick’s attacks in the opening two rounds. The task, which was broadcast live on Sky Sport’s Facebook page, became harder in the third and fourth sessions as McGoldrick found the target with solid body shots.
On the same show, half-Welshman Danny ‘Maxi’ Hughes (16-3-2, 2KO) lost a 116-113, 116-112 and 118-111 Unanimous Decision in his trilogy fight against British super-featherweight champion Martin J Ward (17-0-2, 8KO).
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