Duo show bravery in final loss

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HARRY ROBINSON and Ainsley Hughes’ brave national title tilts ended in defeat.

But the pair emerged with credit for their gutsy efforts at the last stage of the England Boxing Junior Development Championships.

Ainsley boxed really well and the game plan was right.

Daron Wiseman

Cowplain Boxing Academy’s Robinson went down to a points loss to Sheffield Lane Top’s Abdull Saeed at 50kg in Class B.

And it was a similar story for Hughes as Hull Saints’ Mustafa Afzali got the points decision at 54kg in the same class in Rotherham.

Robinson’s performance was a source of pride for Cowplain coach Courtney Capstick and his newly-formed outfit.

And Team Wiseman’s Hughes earned plaudits for the manner of his display after a succession of wins.

Afzali started the stronger behind his jab as he took the first round.

But Hughes readjusted and came on strong in the second.

It was Afzali who finished on top, however, to take the verdict. Coach, Daron Wiseman, had no argument with the outcome but knows Hughes should be proud of his efforts.

Wiseman said: ‘Ainsley boxed really well and the game plan was right.

‘His opponent had a long jab and used it well.

‘Ainsley got caught by that in the first round but was brilliant in round two. The other lad came on strong at the end and got the decision.

‘The whole championships have been brilliant for Ainsley, though.

‘He’s learnt a lot and so have we so there’s a lot to take forward.’

There’s little time for rest for Robinson as he gets set to box in the CYP Championships later this month.

He’ll be part of a number of Team Wiseman boxers hoping to make a mark in the competition.

Wiseman feels there is a lot for the boxer to look ahead to.

He said: ‘Ainsley was down about not losing after all the wins – but he should be proud.

‘He’s doubled in ability in my mind. There’s no time to let up, though. He’s in the CYP Championships which start next week. It’s non stop for him.’