Coach hopes Times ABC fighter will carry on after championship defeat

Alfie Kean, Times ABC

Alfie Kean, Times ABC - Credit: Archant

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.”

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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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