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Three Sarnians win as CI Select draw on Liverpool bow

The new Channel Islands Select boxing team held their own against classy opposition in their start to competitive life.

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The Channel Islands Select team in Liverpool last weekend. The Guernsey contingent chalked up three wins and three losses. (32968260)

They drew seven-all against Merseyside and Cheshire Amateur Boxing Association last weekend in Liverpool, and within that came Sarnian wins for Emile Prevel, Finn Walsh and Tyler Quintal.

Guernsey also suffered three losses, making it a draw within a draw, but every fight was competitive and went to points decisions.

Guernsey Amalgamated Boxing Club head coach Ben Duff is hoping for more CI team events in the near future.

‘It was a great weekend and Liverpool were brilliant hosts – they looked after us well and made all feel welcome,’ he said.

‘We’ve got a couple of more away shows planned, possibly one in London and maybe one more in another region, but we’ll find out soon.’

First up for Guernsey, young Liam Duff lost via split decision in a close contest against Nico Summers.

Duff adopted a front-foot fighting approach, while Summers preferred to counter-punch off the back foot, with the judges preferring the latter’s cleaner work.

Prevel overcame an awkward southpaw to claim Guernsey’s first win.

Facing Elliot Logsdon, he struggled to get into range in round one but adapted well in the second and ultimately won via unanimous decision.

Ruslan Gogercaks lost via split decision to very tall opponent Danny Lonergan.

The Guernsey boxer had to press the bout to get into range and get his shots off.

His opponent did well in keeping the bout at range, and Gogercaks also impressed in closing the distance, which made for an entertaining contest that could have gone either way.

Commonwealth Games hopeful Tommy Teers also suffered defeat.

It proved a competitive and hard-hitting bout, with both landing strong punches, but opponent Owen Campbell controlled the distance and pace well to win the unanimous decision.

However, Guernsey finished forcefully with impressive comeback victories for Walsh and Quintal.

Walsh turned his bout around after being dropped in round one. He was caught off-guard when Paul Bramhall suddenly switched from orthodox to southpaw and landed a right hook that sent him to the canvas.

Walsh nevertheless finished the round strongly and battled on, nearly forcing a count on his opponent deep into the second.

Round three ran closer, but Walsh’s cleaner work helped him secure a unanimous decision.

Similarly, Quintal recovered from a flash knock down in round one. He had stepped to his right and was countered by southpaw Kieran Burke’s left-hander.

After losing the first one overall, he came back more organised and kept his shape better to win the next two rounds and take the unanimous decision.

Charlie Corbel’s second-round stoppage made him the standout victor for Jersey, who also had wins from Emily Logie Inman, Joe Patterson and Harry Bertram.