RESULTS ROUND-UP: WELSH CHAMPS FINAL

Along with a couple of hundred others, BoxingWales were at the Cardiff City House of Sport tonight for the 2014 senior Welsh Championships. If winning a red Welsh vest wasn’t enough motivation, it was likely to be the last time the boxers would have a chance to impress selectors ahead of the Commonwealth Games squad announcement in April.  St Joseph’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sean McGoldrick won his third senior Welsh Championship title with a Unanimous Decision win over Britton Ferry’s double European medallist Joshua John in the 56KG weight category. Fellow St Joseph’s stablemate and Team GB Podium Squad boxer Joe Cordina boxed Pembrokeshire’s Nico Morrison for the fifth time, winning a Unanimous Decision in the 60KG weight class. Prizefighter’s Kevin Evans stopped Merthyr Ex-Servicemen’s Aled Diplock in the third round of their 91+KG final. Although ended prematurely by the referee, Evans was on his way to a points victory and he’s surely a shoe-in for his fifth (yes, five) appearance at the Commonwealth Games in July. Lions Den’s Kody Davies has only recent returned from an almost two year break but he’s refound his form and he shone with a Unanimous Decision victory over Pontypool’s David Walker at 91KG. Former youth Olympian Zack Davies endured a tough route to the final but it was all worth it when he overcame Maelor’s Len Evans via a Unanimous Decision in their 64KG final. Splott’s Nathan Thorley is rarely in a dull fight and it was evident again as scored a standing count on his way to out-pointing Prizefighter’s game but out-gunned Sharif Mohamed in the 81KG weight category final. Dowlais’ Jamie Evans executed an effective and clever game-plan to win his second consecutive 75KG title with a local derby win over Merthyr Ex-Servicemen’s Morgan Jones via Unanimous Decision. Heads of the Valleys’ Jordan Thomas defeated Pontypool’s Welsh squad boxer Kieran Gething on points via Split Decision. With Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans unable to compete in the Commonwealth Games due to his involvement in AIBA’s Professional Boxing programme, the 69KG spot has been up for grabs and Thomas’ Welsh title win tonight has put him in pole position to take it. In an excellent 51KG encounter, Torfaen’s Ashley Brace got the evening going by defeating European silver medallist Lynsey Holdaway on points via a Split Decision. A strong Charlene Jones of Merlins Bridge mauled her way to a Welsh title win, defeating Torfaen’s Rebecca Price on points via Split Decision in the 60KG weight category. In the female 64KG weight division, Colcot’s Rachel Tobin was dominant and won a Unanimous Decision over Tredegar’s Natasha Williams.

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