National semis bid by Plant schoolboy duo

Contenders: Tom Bell (left),  and Reece Bradford.' Picture: steve taylor
Contenders: Tom Bell (left), and Reece Bradford.' Picture: steve taylor

DONCASTER Plant Works’ coach Ken Blood feels that both Reece Bradford and Thomas Bell have got a fighting chance of making it through to the last four of National Schoolboys’ Championships.

The youngsters are in action in this weekend’s quarter-finals at Everton Park Leisure Centre against local favourites.

Reece Bradford, a 13-year-old in his second season at the Hexthorpe-based club, takes on Knowsley Vale’s Charlie Eadie in their Class One Under-36kg contest.

“My lad is a good little boxer, he’s had 13 bouts and won nine,” said Blood speaking exclusively to The Star this week.

“He’s got fast hands and he’s a strong little lad. If someone hits him he’ll hit them back. He’s also a good little boxer. When he wants he can dance around the ring and he can move and jab. But if he gets hit, or put under pressure, he just wants to have a go and he wins a lot of bouts by just having a go.

“I don’t know much about Eadie, and I’ve never seen him box, but their records are very similar.

“We’ll send him out to try and dictate the bout. He’s very good going forward and he’s starting to come forward more on his jab and putting together some good combination shots.

“There are no easy bouts at this stage, and it doesn’t make it any easier fighting a local lad, but if he boxes to his potential he can win through.

“He’s not one to be fazed by the big occasion, and he’s looking forward to it. Once the bell goes he does the job.”

Bell, a year older, would look to have the toughest task of the two in his Class 3 Under-48kg clash against Brendon Daord (Everton Red Triangle).

“Bell has had 14 bouts and won 10, Daord has had 19 and lost just five so he has just got the edge in experience on my lad,” said Blood.

“Tom is all action; he won’t stay off and he’ll jab and jab and throw combinations. He’s not punching at full power yet but, he’ll throw a lot of punches and work hard for the three rounds. He’s a really fit young boxer and he is one of the best trainers in the gym. If he loses at the weekend it won’t be for lack of trying.

“We’ll try and talk tactics but he can only box one way and as soon as the bell goes he’ll go forward. If his opponent has a go at him he’ll have a go back. He’ll pull away and then come straight back in,

“He does everything right. It is only three two-minute rounds but he won’t waste a second of that time.”