Russ caps a great year by captaining England

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Trinity ABC’s heavyweight national champion Russ Henshaw got reward for an outstanding season last week when being named as captain of an England select team in an international challenge match with Ireland in Belfast.

Henshaw, 26, carried the national flag into the ring at the prestigious Balmoral Hotel in the Northern Irish capital before his top of the bill fight with highly-rated Irish champion Uri O’Rawe.

The home boxer made a confident start, using good movement to fire sharp punches, but none hit the target and the Trinity star soon found his range and a big right hand staggered O’Rawe, forcing the referee to give an eight count.

After being hurt the Irishman tried to stop Henshaw working but a big right hook to the body in the second round forced another count.

O’Rawe survived that but early in the final round Henshaw connected with a stunning right cross that sent the home town favourite back into the ropes and a sharp barrage of straight punches forced the referee to step in and end the contest, ensuring the Trinity maintained his unbeaten record.

Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “Russ has had a memorable season, including winning his national title, and this has been the icing on the cake.”

“To represent your country is a tremendous honour but to be selected as captain and produce a performance like that under so much pressure away from home is incredible.

“The whole club are so proud of his achievements and this latest success as given everyone a real boost.”

l Meanwhile, on a bill in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, junior boxer Loui Hemstock gained an hard-fought victory over local fighter Murtaza Nadeen.

Hemstock, 11, was more determined in every department and took a clear decision, using a stiff jab to score points and solid combinations to gain the initiative.

The Yorkshire lad fell short with many punches which Hemstock took advantage of by scoring on the counter, and his win was sealed in the last round when Nadeen was warned for repeatedly holding.

On the same bill, Jordan Lewis missed out on a close decision to Piaras Hale of Tom Hill Boxing Club in Doncaster.

The 14-year-old boxed well against a good quality opponent but the decision went the way of the Yorkshireman after a tactical battle.

Lewis will get a chance to put the record straight when they meet again in Doncaster at the end of the month.

Scott Rafferty added: “Both boxers represented the club well. They both boxed with a good style and looked the part .”

Trinity Boxing Club operate a waiting list system for club membership and will be introducing new members to the club in mid-June.

If anyone is interested in joining the club they can call Scott Rafferty on 079 56 56 55 82.