Coach hopes Times ABC fighter will carry on after championship defeat
PUBLISHED: 11:54 02 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:54 02 October 2014
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.