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All the best action from this year's Welsh Amateur Boxing Association Finals night at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens.


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Welcome to the WABA in Sofia Gardens. It's the championship

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finals. We are under the spotlight as a Welsh boxing looks forward to

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London 2012 and beyond. Things have been great for Welsh boxing. There

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will be a hell of a lot to fight for. Fred Evans has been fantastic.

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There is no reason why they cannot win medals. Two years to go to the

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Commonwealth Games. Now is the time to make an investment. To be home

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country champion tops it off. is the one I want him to win. The

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It's a big night and the big names are in town and on the team.

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Starting with the light heavyweight champion. Nathan, you have another

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fight in a month. For weeks tomorrow, the Albert Hall and

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defending a world title. Keeping busy. What is your role tonight?

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Interviewing the fighters tonight, the winners, getting their thoughts

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and feelings. There is some serious talent. The yes, good names on the

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list and I look forward to it. for you later. Another member of

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boxing's intelligence it, Nicky Piper. A before they get started,

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one small but significant change. Although amateur boxers score by

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the knuckle part of the glove to the body, they were not be

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announced until the end of the round. The average will be on the

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scoring pass. The boxer with the most points is the national

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champion. And we complete the line-up of big

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hitters with former British Commonwealth and European

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welterweight champion, Colin Jones in the commentary position

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alongside Steffan Garrero. Big names for a big fight night. Let's

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get it on! First up, the battle of the flyweights. Ryan Llewellyn from

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Cwmcarn. J Harris was a finalist The first of the finals for 2012.

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The flyweight category. Ryan Llewellyn from Cwmcarn in the red.

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J Harris from Gwent. Immediately, Ryan Llewellyn is on the attack. A

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new scoring system this year. There is no running scores on the screen.

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We get those at the end of every row. Five judges at ringside. Those

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who score furthest away from the other three, those scores are taken

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out and an average taken off the three remaining scores. Fairer that

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way, in major tournaments at the end of the bout it's always the

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right winner and that's the most important thing. How they get there

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is another thing. As long as they get to the rights Boxing and the

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verdict that's important. What's interesting is they have done away

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with the one-second window where they had to have three judges,

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hitting the bottom at the same time. The when second window is unfair

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for the judges and puts them under pressure. That's been taken away.

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We are seeing a fairer results. Ryan Llewellyn is a tough cookie.

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His physical disadvantage is quite something. And so he has to get

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under Jay Harris and open him up but with. A shorter man but getting

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a few shots in in the first three minutes of the WABA this year.

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Getting a couple in the end of the round. 7-6 is the lead for Harris.

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J Harris seven points to six up. He took a few good right hands in the

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first round. Some culmination punches.

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Harris is trying to become the 2012 Welsh title-holder at flyweight.

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There is still a lot on it. Make no bones about it, Andrew Selby at 52

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in the Olympic Games, he will be competing and getting ready for the

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Games. It opens up another spot for were the wings the flyweight title

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tonight. There's a lot at stake. The boys know what is ahead for

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them. There's a lot at stake in terms of competing for Wales and

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the Commonwealth Games. Staking a claim for Glasgow, these boys

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tonight in 2014. A good combination from Harris. He got his man on the

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roads for a second. Ryan Llewellyn getting out of the way. A three

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inch height advantage, Harris. He is the more experienced man. Ryan

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Llewellyn is getting through with Another right hand hook combination

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from Ryan Llewellyn. The second half was all Jay Harris. A good

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combination of punches. Keeping his Looking to extend his big lead from

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the second round, Harris working on the body and head again. A good

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little hook, a great a right hook taking the feet away from Ryan

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Llewellyn, a little stumble. He redeems the attack point. When you

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look at too little fellows for the Welsh title, you expect great

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battles by sue the heavyweights but in their category this is a great

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little about. Both boys not giving any quarters. The number of punches

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these guys are throwing over this nine minutes is phenomenal work.

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Ryan Llewellyn has taken more but he has not stopped his engine. He

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is firing them off. Still looks like he's enjoying himself with 10

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seconds left to go. A big right from Jay Harris. He is looking to

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end this on a high, Harris. He lost in the thick the 6th -- 56 kg

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category last year. He wants Welsh title this year. And he has got it!

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45 points to 33. He did not have it all his own way. Ryan Llewellyn

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came back with some big punchers. A big finish to finish the round. Jay

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Harris seals the victory. Finishing strongly. A deserved champion.

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2012 Welsh WABA champion is in the blue corner! Jay Harris! Well then,

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blue corner! Jay Harris! Well then, you looked nice and sharp. I lost

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last tip in the final against Chapman. I dropped down the weight.

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Back freshener. With London 2012 less than four months away, it's no

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great surprise the Olympic boxers are not fighting tonight as they

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have been sharpening their mettle elsewhere.

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Sheffield, City of steel and home to just to get -- Jessica Ennis.

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is going well, keeping in the gym. It is everything I have dreamed for.

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It is not often you see what people in the Olympic Games. It is really

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big. High work-rate. Get Ready! Two qualifiers are Welsh, art of the

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five I can see five medals. I am confident about Andrew and Fred's

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ability and moving to London. the's speed is out of this world.

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He can move, it's like will-o'-the- wisp! He is a special talent.

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one of the most talented boxers I've ever seen. He is one of the

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best in the world. Fred Evans has been a revelation, a tremendous

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fighter, Southport very smart. have known him since he was forced

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-- a four-year-old. He came back after Christmas and beat the cube

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number one and won gold. Fantastic. Both are moving along nicely.

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Wales's only Olympic boxing medal to date was Ralph Evans in 72. What

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are the final preparations? I had the tournament last month and one

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silver. A want to keep shop. Fred has come back from two major

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tournaments. He is back in the gym ticking over but not really putting

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it in yet. We don't want him to peak too early. When the time is

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right we were left the training and get them spot on for the Olympics.

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The Olympic dream is still alive for Joe Cordina, he has made into

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the second European qualifiers in Turkey in two years' time. I will

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push myself to the limit. I am hoping to get it. That's my goal,

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the Olympics. It is brilliant for Wales to have boxes of this calibre.

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I want a medal for my country. There is pressure but I know I can

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do it I am good enough. See what happens.

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And I am happy it I have found Fred Evans. Great to see. Last year he

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won this, did he fancy this year? would have liked to be here but I

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have preparations for the Olympic Games. I had to miss out. You have

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to be careful about the preparations. They write a program

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for me every week. I have to stick to that and do my preparations for

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the Olympics. You won gold in February. Yes, a hard tournaments,

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I lost four times but beat the Cuban on the way. It was good. I've

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got a good base to go on. How to prepare your mind and body for the

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Olympics? I have training camps, international training camps which

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are all benefit from sparring. I have another competition at the end

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of next month. There will be me finished then the stock there is

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more spiring and ready for the Olympics. The whole country is

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behind you. Best of luck. Cheers. At 64 kilos, the light welterweight

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promised a good punch-up on paper. Thomas Hoar is an awkward fighter.

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At 5 ft 11 he comes with a reach advantage. Nico Morrison is the

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finest and so far has success ratio BELL it looks to be a very evenly

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And in goes Nico Morrison, trying to find out where his range would

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be. A big gap between the two, there will be a bigger reach

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advantage for the man in red. Already, it's a little scrappy and

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a little ungainly, but that is what you are going to get at this weight

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level. And you have got a big international ring tonight, a lot

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of these boys would be used to the ring. It will suit Thomas Hoar,

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because he likes to move a little bit, a lot more than Nico Morrison.

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Morrison will have to hunt him down and look for those body shots.

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Which would be an easy shots -- I thought the mood was more than

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that, actually. The left jab was the superior Penge. That punch.

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Keeping it long, doing the right thing. I think he deserved more

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This is what Nico Morrison wanted to do, forced him back as much as

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it cannot to the ropes and get as many shots away as he can while he

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is enraged. -- in a range. Not really pouncing on his manner,

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Morrison, but that is down to the foot work up Thomas for getting

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himself out of this awkward spots. -- Thomas Hoar. Constantly bouncing,

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He doesn't want to be there having exchanges with Nico Morrison, he

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wants to keep on the move. A couple of shots while he was on the ropes

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He landed a good right-hander that second round. Some good scoring

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Such an interesting contrast between the two men in the ring.

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Good left hook again from the man who has been slightly more on the

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defensive, but Morrison goes on the attack this time. Get a scoring

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shot into the right. The referee calls them apart and the closing

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stages of this round at number three, if you are Morrison, need to

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be all-out attack. A couple more scoring shots from Thomas Hoar. And

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he already had the five point lead going into the round. Morrison was

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slightly off balance that time when he went into the attacker, but he

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looks like the one tiring. You have to admire Thomas Hoar, he has stuck

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to his tactics all three rounds. Nice and simple, he has had

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complicated things, used his feet at the right times, kept a nice

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distance between them. It is good to see it is not all about the

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blood and guts and big swinging punches. Good to see the foot work

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and the skilful jabbing and keeping his man at bay. When he doesn't is

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when Morrison comes in with some serious punches. He needs a flurry

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He hasn't got the power in his arms, hasn't got the energy, and I think

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Thomas Hoar can see that. Yes, keeping it dies and simple, no

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sense trade. Nico Morrison looking for the big shot, which he will

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have to look for -- nice and Big shots coming in from Morrison,

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not finding their target. But he has definitely got it in him to

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swing a big one. BELL.

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BELL. Just hadn't got the energy to put

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his full power behind it. Thomas Hall shows a big tactical display,

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Words can't express how much it means, it is amazing. You are well-

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suited to the points system. I was always catching him with the third

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shot, I thought I would keep that going. Are you aiming for the

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British? Definitely going for it. Well done, mate.

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This is a real chess match, let's see why. Thomas Hoar up against

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this shorter, aggressive Nico Morrison. The third round exploded

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Morrison. The third round exploded into life as Morrison tried to

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close the gap with his all-out aggression. This proved to be a

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mistake as he ended up walking into the straight punches.

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A Olympic ban Fred Evans won the six tonight kilo about last year by

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beating Jamie Evans. Jamie is back this year under the tutelage of

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Gerald Jones, who has already trade 71 champions and would like to

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This club has been by love, I just love it. I don't know what I would

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do without it, you know? At think I have been lucky, two world

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champions. The boys are, they wanted. -- want it. You can't get

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it out of your blood. He doesn't say a lot June training but as soon

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as he spot something wrong, he will say something to -- he doesn't say

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a lot during training. Jamie is a good box fighter, very good. If the

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title fight came tomorrow, I would say, OK. I wouldn't go with anyone

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else. For JB to be the champion, he would be the sweat -- 72nd champion

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to come out of this gym. I'm just hoping that all the hard work

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actually does pay off. I hope I will have a lot for champions

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coming out of this team in the future.

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With Fred Evans missing, this year's welterweight is a wide-open

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affair. At 25, Kristian Nagle from affair. At 25, Kristian Nagle from

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Splott is one of tonight's most experienced boxers. JB Evans lost

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last year to Fred Evans. Can he go one better this year and give

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George Jones another champion? Plenty of coaching experience

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behind Jamie Evans, and with Gerald Jones of ABC behind him, he has got

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the makings of a future champion. Unlucky to come up against Fred

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Evans last time round. Fred are not competing this time around because

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he will be involved in the Olympics later in the year, he is the

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current champion. Kristian Nagle, 25 years old, a few schoolboy

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titles to his name at the youth title as well. Been on the

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international scene for a little while with Wales. Could be an

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interesting match-up. Yes, Kristian Nagle is very clever and very fit

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and then you have the Harkness of JB Evans. -- harshness of JB Evans.

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Don't blink, there is every possibility they could be assured

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one here. -- it could be a short A lot of bluffing from both men

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before the big shots finally come, and when they come, they look

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pretty big. A good left hook from Christian Aid all right under the

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guard of Evans. That time, Evans learnt from his mistakes -- from

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Kristian Nagle. This is a very Another great left hook from events

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which finds they header. This is very interesting -- from Evans. A

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very interesting combination of boxers. Similar styles. Just

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waiting to take first blood in this one.

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A about she would have thought with a round that close, or five points

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apiece -- and there she would have thought.

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It started very slowly but it burst into life halfway through. At the

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into life halfway through. At the end of it, a left hook by events.

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end of it, a left hook by events. end of it, a left hook by events.

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Close fight, a big punches. Peschke I heard the whole story that Eddie

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Thomas, my old manager, used to stay about Gerald is that if they

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could get him a world title fight in the mind as well, he would have

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Both have the same very well- matched, same height, same way,

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Beasant left hook by Kristian Nagle, but it seems that every time he

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fires one, one comes back from Jamie Evans. It is almost like they

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are boxing against mirrors here. Sparks are flying at the end of

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round two. Both men scoring a, both men looking for big haymakers. A

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huge left hook which Mrs coming from Kristian Nagle. Just moved out

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Some of those big shots are scoring and more of them for Kristian Nagle.

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Trying to keep it longer, Jamie Evans, but it wasn't always working.

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But counterpunching from Kristian Nagle. It was getting heated at the

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Good left hooks coming in from both men, but they Jabez coming off more

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Both men firing of shot. Even when they are tangled, they are not

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afraid to mix it up. They have any good Fred Evans at the Olympic

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Games in this division, showing he is the top in the country. With

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these young plants -- lads coming through, it shows that the future

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The final half-hour minutes for Jamie Evans to try and overhauled

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A good right hook, two from Kristian Nagle. JB Evans is

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starting to throw caution to the wind, he has to to a certain extent

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he -- Jamie Evans. He is trying to open up and reduced the deficit and

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Kristian Nagle has the perfect opportunity to counterpunch. Do

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powerful, noisy shots coming onto the head guard of Jamie Evans from

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Kristian Nagle. Another right hook comes through, Evans tries to work

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on the inside and push his man off of. Just being held back slightly.

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They could block that time from Evans with his forearm as the left

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hook came through of -- a good block.

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He saluted the crowd, he thinks he has got it. At 23-15, the judges

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64 kgs Senior champion, you looked sharp. Banks a lot. It is any my

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second fight in four years, I have been out for three years -- thanks

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a lot, it is only my second fight. I thought it would have been good

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I thought it would have been good tonight. Happy with that? Yes, he

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has trained very hard for the last few weeks. So it wasn't champion

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number 72 for trainer Gerald Jones as JB Evans found the

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counterpunching of Kristian Nagle too much can handle. He founded

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Close, but it wasn't enough, as Kristian Nagle took it. He will

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have to wait another year. The way been for 72 tonight, but it

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wasn't to be. Up -- you were aiming. Another two years and I were led by

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London 2012 will be big for female boxing. For the first time affair

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they will be Olympic medals at stake. However, this ignores the

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limits of three. Bad news for whilst champion. She lost out as

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she found herself to light to qualify. Becky Price still has an

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out side chance of Olympic qualification if she can make a big

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impression at the forthcoming world champions in China -- championships

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in China. She has to defend her title against Charlene Jones from

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Merlins Bridge he won the Welsh Three weight classes for the women.

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Plenty for these girls to go for. Price has the more experience, she

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is in the red vest. Jones in the The opening exchanges are a frenzy,

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to say the least! It is like a premium of the world championships.

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The weather wins this is guaranteed a spot to go to the world

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championships in China -- rule ever wins. -- and whoever wins. Decent

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shots from both boxers. It is a good start from Charlene Jones. You

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can see a good long jab, a perfect shot making it through. Look at the

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defence. Everything on the arms. This is have a score these days.

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The final minute of the contest. A great chap from Becky Price.

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Shots like that could be the decisive factor. Charlene Jones has

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in given up yet. No, one of the best girls' finals and boxing I

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have seen for many years. It's a really grates standard. The winner

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of this one goes to the championships, the quarter-finals

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and you get yourself at the Olympic Games. That's how much depends on

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this next few seconds. Price is two points ahead going into the round.

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June's refusing to the final seconds to give up on her dreams.

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It seems the cleaner work is coming from Becky Price. Charlene Jones is

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falling into every shot. She needs control of her feet again. In the

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red corner and I think Jones crediting her opponent with a

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victory. 13.28. Becky Price goes on to the World Championships and

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maybe a name to lookout for at maybe a name to lookout for at

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London 2012. Well done. A lot was riding on it. Hopefully China now.

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Best of luck. Thank you. Becky Price was a big favourite against

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Charlene Jones. Price try to control the action from long range.

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The experience of price and she moves on to China. I am delighted

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to be joined by Nigel Davies. Thank you for coming down. How important

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is it for you to be here? Well, it's very important that I come

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here. Being a Welshman anyway, I would not miss this for the world.

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Being a podium coach is important I come down and not miss the talent.

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There are many talented boxers in Wales, men and ladies. If I can

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keep an eye on them and report back, between us all... The Becky Price

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fight was really good for us to have no way we Charlene Jones

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letting her through easily. Charlene started so aggressively.

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She was like a tornado! A very high work-rate. I think in the end it

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was the height and reach of Becky Price the got her the points in the

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end but a close contest. An entertaining one. Becky is still in

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with a chance of going to London 2012. Yes, yes. If Wales centre to

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China in May and she gets to the last four that's what it's all

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about. 54 kilos was a Gwent battle between Danny Price and Rachel

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Pritchard. Let's enjoy the best of the action.

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The aggressive nature of Pritchard that is taking it away from price.

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Danny price is giving as good a shot as she can. Price is giving it

:34:57.:35:07.
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everything but how -- has not got off the clean shots. The 2012 Welsh

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champion, Rachel Pritchard! heaviest female wit, 64 kilos saw

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Rachel Tobin against Tamlyn Williams.

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All square after the first round. Rachel Tobin are more on the

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aggressive side of things. Williams got a couple of shots in. These are

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the big -- the big final few seconds. A single-point victory for

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Rachel Tobin. 18 points to 17. She is the light welterweight champion

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for Wales. Every year there's one fight that

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more eagerly anticipated then the others. This year, its the 81 kilos

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between the prominent members of I have won eight titles, the

:36:19.:36:29.
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British title. Ice bar with Nathan before. He is a quick one. He is a

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tidy fighter. Nice and fall and through the jabs. I need to stay

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away from him! Nathan is strong, although he does not look strong,

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he is tall and strong and fast. His speed can be deadly. He is unbeaten

:36:56.:37:05.

this season. He is very fast, fast reactions. Low hands, he gets away

:37:05.:37:15.
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He tries to capture with the counterpunch. Hopefully we can put

:37:17.:37:27.

some pressure on him. If I decide to box, that's what it will be.

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can't wait to get in there and show what I can do! Show him the

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business. It will be a great fight. This title is No. 9, it's going to

:37:41.:37:51.
:37:51.:37:52.

The fight of the night is a battle for Welsh Development Squad

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supremacy. Sexual chocolate Morgan- Jones has won 21 out of 26 so far.

:38:02.:38:08.

Nathan Thorley has one Welsh championships in the past. Not one

:38:08.:38:18.
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A B contest for both men. Both on the 2014 elite squad. -- a big

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contest. Big markers to set down for both of these guys ahead of the

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Commonwealth Games. Morgan James in the red. Nathan Thorley in the blue.

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Immediately they decide to go at it. Nathan Thorley with a three inch

:38:39.:38:49.
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advantage. Nathan Thorley has moved up. He has a 6 ft 5 frame, 75 kilos

:39:04.:39:14.
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Morgan is a talented boxer. He likes to counterpunch, quick hands.

:39:30.:39:40.
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Jones, a good big punch from Nathan Thorley just missing the whiskers

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of Morgan. Another angle... Just about Mr, thankfully. He came back

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with a good combination of his own. Good fast hands. Some good work

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coming from Jones as he looks to extend his three-point lead he

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holed from round number one. Another good jab. Nathan Thorley

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trying to avoid them, it depends what the judges are set as to what

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they think. Another wild attempt. Nathan Thorley will not worry about

:40:31.:40:41.
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that. A tight guard up to his head. There was a cheeky shot and the

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response from Nathan Thorley is what you would expect. He has been

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He gets his man back on the ropes exacting revenge. He gets back

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centre ring. Nathan Thorley almost gets caught with a straight jab

:41:18.:41:25.

from Morgan-Jones. He has found his range, the big man. He gets one

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through the guard but gets one back for his troubles from Nathan

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Thorley. A typical round to score, this one. Morgan-Jones extend his

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lead, 12 points to seven. An aggressive start the Nathan Thorley

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but messy and not much accuracy. A great chap from Morgan-Jones.

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Morgan is doing the damage. excellent shots which had spurred

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Nathan Thorley into life. Good shots straight through the guard.

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He is trying to turn round, Nathan Thorley. Jones needs to be careful

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with the body shots. They are making contact as well. Getting the

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head movement back as well. Jones wasn't fully with us for a second

:42:30.:42:40.
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or two. I am not sure that is the way to protect yourself. The final

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exchanges. Both men on the elite squad looking ahead to the

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Commonwealth Games in two years but this would be a body-blow to Mother

:42:49.:42:55.

loses this one. Psychological advantage to the winner. On the

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back foot again goes Jones. Try to cruise the final stages of this

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round. Will he did it with a three- point advantage? -- do it. Making

:43:09.:43:18.

contact at will. His footwork is in bed but he is clubbing the shots in.

:43:18.:43:23.

The confidence of the man is something to behold. He has his man

:43:23.:43:33.
:43:33.:43:36.

That is it as far as Nathan Thorley is concerned. It is all over and

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Morgan Jones has struck a huge... Look how much it means to the

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Look how much it means to the Merthyr Ex man, it is a big win for

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Morgan Jones. The light heavyweight champion of Wales for 2012 is

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Morgan Jones. Well done, an emphatic victory. I enjoyed every

:43:56.:44:00.

second of it. You have come on a lot than the last year, improved

:44:00.:44:06.

rapidly. I have found the right weight, you know? I had been at 75

:44:06.:44:10.

for a long time but I was struggling to make the weight, but

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light-heavyweight, that is for me. You feel stronger, the punches are

:44:14.:44:20.

snappier. I can concentrate on my boxing. I'm just loving it.

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So we have to the elite squad members in North -- Morgan Jones

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and Nathan Thorley fighting for superiority. It was a hard contest.

:44:31.:44:34.

Nathan Thorley put everything into the third round attempted to close

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the deficit but ended up walking on to a big punch that closed the

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contest. Of Morgan Jones at the champion.

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-- Morgan Jones, the champion. Lot a state tonight with boxers

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from all over Wales fighting for funding as the Welsh Amateur Boxing

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Association prepares the 2014 Welsh -- Commonwealth Games, and that

:44:55.:45:05.
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further ahead by investing in future stars of the sport.

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We want more success. We have had Andrew Selby and Fred Evans when

:45:10.:45:13.

European Championships, they have qualified for the Olympics, and it

:45:13.:45:18.

is thinking how can we invest in the sport further? We think we have

:45:18.:45:21.

got there the support, financial and from Sport Wales, to really

:45:22.:45:27.

make a big difference. We have got three programmes in place in Wales.

:45:27.:45:32.

A talent programme for youth and juniors. Then. A women's programme.

:45:32.:45:38.

It is about seeing what they can achieve, and what they need to do

:45:38.:45:48.
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to move on to the next level. are identified, really, from a very

:45:50.:45:54.

young age. There is there reason why these young boys cannot emulate

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champions. I remember up when I was there. Boxing has changed a lot, it

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is something that would improve more as time goes on. The up taking

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up on board what they do up on GB and from youngsters up to the

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seniors, we will hopefully be a strong a nation in the boxing world.

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We have two years to go until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow said

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there is the time to make a big investment in the sport, and have

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even more success -- there is the time. Things have been great for

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Welsh boxing and we intend to keep the ball rolling. Of we want to

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stamp us Mark in Great Britain and represent ourselves and let

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everyone know well as a big force in boxing -- we want to stamp our

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mark. A I'm joined by the chairman of the Welsh Amateur Boxing

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Association Terris bed. What have you made of the standard tonight?

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think very good. -- Terry Smith. With the development squad working

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on them regularly, we have a lot of promise. Can you explain to me what

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the support Wales support of WABA has meant to the organisation? --

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Sport Wales. We have everything from them. It is the basis of our

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development. We have just introduced the new performance

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director James Thomas and with Colin Jones, we are looking for

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buried pick things. -- very. It did that basic, decent funding and you

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end up with better boxers? Course. We can see the boxers at

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grassroots levels and if we can support them, they can become an

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elite performers. If seems to be working, some good fighters out

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there. I am blood -- glad you enjoy A North-South bust-up between

:47:55.:48:05.
:48:05.:48:08.

Cwmbran's Joe Hall and Kazim Ghani. Just waiting for Kazim Ghani to

:48:08.:48:16.

fire one up. Wherever the gap is, he finds it. The big shots are

:48:16.:48:22.

coming from Joe Hall. 24-22 for Joe coming from Joe Hall. 24-22 for Joe

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Hall. I didn't know anything about his style, I didn't know what to

:48:28.:48:38.
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expect in the ring. St Joseph's Leon Goodman and Daniel Richards

:48:39.:48:43.

were well matched at middleweight. There is the big left having

:48:43.:48:48.

strayed from Daniel Richards, the head of the valley boxer. Leon

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head of the valley boxer. Leon Goodman felt that one -- head of

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the ballet. He needs to keep attacking, Leon Goodman. Daniel

:48:56.:49:04.

Richards knows exactly how is going to defend his lead. Every time, he

:49:04.:49:10.

finds a way of getting that left through the guard. 14-7, he secures

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victory. What is next? I'm going to go on and turn professional and

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hopefully come and join you! Nice Next up, it is the big boys, with

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current heavyweight champion of Lloyd Davies from Mountain Ash

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taking on the man from rural Wales, where in boxing circles, he is

:49:36.:49:46.
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I am not even a farmer. I have never been on a farm, never worked

:49:49.:49:55.

on a farm, but it is stuck there, so I had dared have much choice. --

:49:55.:50:05.
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I started when I was 15, I walked in and instead of shaking my hand,

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he hit me. He was tiny, and he is now 6 ft 3. The first year, I was

:50:24.:50:32.

allowed to hit the back. I was terrible. Boys from the country are

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strong lad, they need to train and they love training -- strong lads.

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Lloyd is a better boxer than me, he is strong and he is fit, so it will

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be an interesting bout. I expect a hard fight, because he is a good

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boxer. I have been involved for 35 years in boxing, trained over 30

:50:58.:51:03.

Welsh champions. This is the one I want to do it, the Welsh

:51:03.:51:13.
:51:13.:51:17.

Big Rhys Williams at 6 ft 3 has a height advantage and if he connects,

:51:17.:51:23.

watch out. But Lloyd Davies's are three times finalist and last

:51:23.:51:30.

year's champion. -- Lloyd Davies is A. Experience or exuberant, which

:51:30.:51:38.

Time for the big boys to show what they can do. Rhys Williams in the

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red, Lloyd Davies in the blue. Both of these up above 6 ft, and very

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much the heavyweight, the big swingers. Rhys Williams going for a

:51:53.:51:58.

couple of big shot very early on in the first round, just to see what

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Lloyd Davies is made of. Davies beat Robert Penn with a second-

:52:03.:52:10.

round stoppage last year. They will shoot title for Williams at the

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British Youth silver medallist. -- a youth title. It is very much

:52:17.:52:21.

Lloyd Davies with the best of the opening stages in round number one,

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getting through to the head three or four times. Yes, and Rhys

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Williams, a little over anxious. Just get back to his boxing,

:52:31.:52:33.

because Lloyd can punch a bit, there is no doubt about it, should

:52:34.:52:37.

he gets caught with two or three of them, he will find himself in

:52:37.:52:42.

trouble. In these to be patient, try and take his shot, because

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Lloyd can poach a bit. That punch a bit. -- puncher bit. Incredibly

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Lloyd-Davies is starting to find gaps. Three or four holes and that

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defence. -- in that event. A very much ahead on points and Rhys

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Williams needs to get back guard up. He has done well to respond. He has

:53:17.:53:23.

proven he has got a good solid chin, takes a good shot. He just wants to

:53:23.:53:29.

get his hands up a bit tighter. You don't want to be up there mixing it

:53:29.:53:33.

with the experienced Gilad. He is dropping his right every time he

:53:33.:53:38.

fires up the jab and that is where the shot are coming from. The

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referee having a look at this, a standing count come in for Rhys

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Williams to protests like you can't believe it but I'm pretty sure he

:53:45.:53:52.

can. In the an Rhys Williams is so

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strong, he has taken so many punches -- Ilunga Rhys Williams.

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How many... How busy standing up to this? He took a lot of shots but he

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is standing up so far. You just wonder how much Lloyd Davies has

:54:10.:54:14.

expanded earlier on. He is looking as though the energy levels they

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have gone bad because it did most of the running for the first three

:54:18.:54:25.

minutes -- may have gone bad. But he reckons again. You wonder how

:54:25.:54:28.

much longer Rhys Williams can take these heavy shots. The referee will

:54:28.:54:33.

be having a very good luck in between these rallies. Let's start

:54:33.:54:38.

forget, he is only a youngster. There is their need for him to be

:54:38.:54:45.

stuck in their taking unnecessary punishment. -- no need. A learning

:54:45.:54:50.

experience of nothing else against the current Welsh champion. He is

:54:50.:54:53.

taking some serious punishment than you wonder whether the referee

:54:53.:54:59.

needs to champion, three or four to the head. -- needs to jump in. He

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took a standing count for the first round and a couple of those punches

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looked a little oddly. -- Oh dear. Slashing uppercut coming through

:55:09.:55:15.

from Lloyd Davies. A few of those were making serious contact with

:55:15.:55:22.

Rhys Williams. A massive lead of 30-4 and when he is throwing and

:55:22.:55:26.

landing this may be shot, I am not surprised. How is Rhys Williams

:55:26.:55:31.

standing up to this? Not the sort of man you want a bit on the street.

:55:31.:55:41.

But good shot, Class C punches, powerful shots. -- high-class

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punches. Williams is taking a lot of punishment. Another big shot

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from Davies, crisp, clean punches. Massive books coming into the head

:55:52.:55:55.

of Williams and Williams isn't going to give up, you can't blame

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him for that. He has taken everything. Probably one of the

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most courageous performances I have courageous performance that I think

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I would rather not see. I have to agree with you, he is taking a

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ridiculous amount in there and he has not really firing many back.

:56:18.:56:23.

That is his third standing count of the bout. He has had one in every

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round. The referee decides he is taking too much time and with a

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minute left in the final round, it was coming for a long time. It was

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coming from the first standing count, Lloyd Davies wins by a

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count, Lloyd Davies wins by a stoppage. The heavyweight champion

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of Wales for his second year running. The winner and the 2012

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Welsh they be a Ali to his Lloyd Davies. -- A B A. Second year

:56:55.:57:02.

running, feel-good? A Yes, I did my preparation and I homework and it

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showed. A happy with that performance? Very happy. Everybody

:57:08.:57:13.

is saying this boy of Ostrom, he has never been stopped. -- this boy

:57:13.:57:20.

was strong. Happy to get the stoppage? Yes, even better. This is

:57:20.:57:25.

my friend of my T-shirt, he passed away about a month ago and I would

:57:25.:57:30.

like to dedicate it to him. Lloyd looked every bit as champion as he

:57:30.:57:33.

through combinations of class and power continuously. The strength

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and durability of Williams was amazing but eventually, at the

:57:36.:57:42.

finishing touches forced a third round stop.

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How was that you tonight? A great evening of boxing. I didn't wanted

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to stop. There were a few big names missing, but it was very good.

:57:55.:58:01.

the knockout was pretty full-on. Yes, that was my box of the night.

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He has improved rapidly over the last year and he had boxed

:58:06.:58:12.

beautifully up to them and the knockout finished it off. And the

:58:12.:58:15.

first time we are going to see female boxing at the Olympics. You

:58:15.:58:19.

think Wales will have some representatives? Possibly, Becky

:58:19.:58:23.

Price is probably the favourite at of all of them to make it and there

:58:23.:58:28.

is a good chance they are going to qualify now. -- out of. She has a

:58:28.:58:34.

All the best action from this year's Welsh Amateur Boxing Association' Finals night at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens.

Lisa Rogers is joined by three generations of Welsh boxing greats, Nathan Cleverly, Nicky Piper and Colin Jones, with commentary from Steffan Garrero.

It's a big year for amateur boxing as London 2012 fast approaches.