BOXING: FITZPATRICKS boxer Sean Leahy fell just short of landing a major midlands belt at the weekend, losing out to experienced fighter Hamza Ahmed.
After beating Kyle Johnson of West Warwickshire ABC in the semi final stage, a fight which coach Babs Kandola described as Leahy’s best to date, he was pitched against Ahmed – of Wellington ABC – in the Midlands Final.
Ahmed entered the bout with a record of 27 wins from 33 fights, meaning Leahy was firmly up against it before the first round bell was rung.
Showing rapid signs of improvement, Leahy held his own throughout the fight and delighted coach Babs Kandola.
Though the fight ended in a loss, Leahy’s confidence received a timely boost when Brian Rob – a senior figure in midlands boxing – sung the praises of the Leamington youngster.
Rob subsequently invited Leahy to box for an England select side to face Wales in Cardiff at the Welsh Institute of Sport.
Given Leahy’s ongoing development, the club reluctantly chose to turn the invitation down in favour of nurturing the youngster’s development.
Talking about the weekend’s fight, Kandola said: “This wasn’t a bout we would’ve made, we gave away a lot of experience.
“But this is championship boxing, we must face the best.
“Sean has not only enhanced his own reputation but also the club’s.”
Fitzpatricks are represented again this weekend when Simon Huruska and Leah Gunton take to the ring.