Mixed fortunes for Trinity pair in championship bouts

Loui Hemstock (left) and Brendan McCormack both put in impressive displays in their latest fights.
Loui Hemstock (left) and Brendan McCormack both put in impressive displays in their latest fights.

Trinity ABC junior star Loui Hemstock won his first East Midland title last weekend with an impressive display to earn a spot in the national pre-quarter-final of the England Boxing Junior Championships in Newcastle this Saturday.

Hemstock was one of two entries from the Ilkeston boxing club who contested their qualifying bouts in Leicester on Thursday, boxing a straight final at 50kg and dominating throughout against the highly-rated Adam Brailsford of Leicester club Shepshed.

Hemstock produced a mature performance with his solid left jab . The young Trinity star connected with powerful punches within the first ten seconds of the opening bell and put himself in control.

Hemstock’s powerful punches made Brailsford wary of the Trinity boxer’s strength and he was gradually worn down with Hemstock taking every round on all the judges’ cards to take an emphatic unanimous decision.

Also entered for Trinity ABC in Leicester was Brendan McCormack who contested the 48kg junior cadet division.

McCormack boxed a semi-final in Leicester on Thursday and dominated against south paw Davey Cooper of the Terry Allen Unique club based in Lincoln.

Strong right hand left hook combinations put McCormack in control and he ran out a convincing winner and earned a place in the East Midland final which he contested just 24 hours later in Nottingham.

In the final, McCormack met East Midland champion Thomas Harty of Kettering, another south paw.

Harty had more than double the number of bouts of the Trinity lad under his belt but the fight was closely contested.

McCormack was the aggressor throughout and was very unlucky to lose out on a split decision.

After a close first round the Trinity youngster took control of the encounter in the second and finished off in emphatic fashion with big right hands clearly connecting.

But the judges went for Harty who had thrown fast punches on the retreat, although most of them fell short as McCormack got through with all the quality shots.

Trinity coach Scott Rafferty said: “This was a great result for Loui who deserves to be there for all of his effort and dedication as well as a fine performance on fight night.

“Brendan is so unlucky as he also deserves to be there.

“In his final the first round was close but from there he dominated.

“It is so disappointing but he will return stronger and better for the experience.

“The club is very proud of both boxers.”