Coach hopes Times ABC fighter will carry on after championship defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:54 02 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:54 02 October 2014

Alfie Kean, Times ABC

Alfie Kean, Times ABC

Dieter Perry

Times ABC coach Dave Ryan believes Alfie Kean has regained enthusiasm for the sport despite his defeat in the Development Championships.

Alfie, the elder brother of professional light-middleweight Georgie Kean, returned to the ring after a spell away when he faced Nonso Onwuegbusi (Finchley) in the North West London Class B Under-75kg final at Hayes.

Although Kean lost on a unanimous points decision, Ryan hopes the experience has persuaded him to have another serious crack at boxing.

“Alfie gave it everything – he boxed his heart out and just ran out of steam at the end,” said Ryan. “But to come through the final without a bruise on him shows what he can do.

“He was always a good junior boxer and sometimes having a break can make you better. Hopefully he’s got the bug again and I think he’ll want to stay involved.”

The only other Times entrant, Lee Devine, was also eliminated after losing a unanimous points decision to Chris Onwuegbusi (Finchley) in the Class B Under-69kg semi-final.

Times light-middleweight Yahia Chelli has been named in the London team to face a Scotland select side at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Monday.

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