TEAM WISEMAN’s dynamic duo will bid to become national champions this weekend.
Bailey Donald and Tyler Hallawell are aiming for glory in the England Boxing Junior Championships.
The pair go in the semi-finals of the competition in Harlow today with a spot in tomorrow’s national final up for grabs.
Hallawell progressed with success over Billericay’s Jerry Buckland at 57kg last time out.
The 16-year-old let his skills shine, with a relaxed performance seeing him unanimously come out on top.
And it was a similar story from Donald as his strength told in his meeting with Hockley’s Luke Brook at 60kg.
The 15-year-old’s pressure proved too much for his rival as he also took a unanimous verdict.
Liam Wiseman’s campaign came to a close at the quarter-final stage, however, as he lost out to Chalvedon’s Sonny Hardy at 54kg.
Coach Daron Wiseman was impressed with the performances of all three boxers.
Wiseman said: ‘Liam was in a brilliant bout. It was point for point across all three rounds.
‘Sonny just nicked it but it was such a close contest and the boxing was brilliant.
‘Tyler had a tricky bout but just used his skills.
‘He relaxed and beat the boy to the punch in every round.
‘So that was a unanimous win and Bailey also performed really well.
‘That was a unanimous too, and he was strong and on the front foot.
‘He put the pressure on and that was the reason for the win.’
Now Laisterdyke’s Jake Fawthrop lies in wait for Donald, while Hallawell goes up against Sefton’s Daniel Barr.
Wiseman knows what the calibre of opponent will be like at this stage of the competition, but believes his boxers will be ready.
He added: ‘We’re in there in the semi-finals.
‘There are good boys at this stage of the competition in every class.
‘But we have shown what we’re capable of and we couldn’t have done any more in the gym.
‘The coaches have taken the boys sparring all over the place to prepare them.
‘So what will be will be, but they will be giving it their all.
‘We’re getting boys through to this stage of national competitions every year now.
‘I think it’s only a matter of time before they become national champions.’
– JORDAN CROSS