By Mark Williams
MICK Bryant has applauded his latest young star after a stirring performance on the international stage last Friday.
Eastgate Amateur Boxing Club fighter Tommy Taylor received his first call up to the Great Britain squad and, despite suffering a controversial defeat on points, did himself proud on Tri Nations debut.
Fourteen-year-old Taylor came up against Scotland’s durable S Reid in the 66kg category and with the scores locked at 3-3 following three hard fought rounds, the Scot was awarded the decision after two countbacks.
“Tommy has only had seven bouts so it is a fantastic achievement overall and we are proud of him,” said Eastgate’s head coach Bryant. “He landed some good punches and it was very close in the last round.
“He boxed very well and appeared to have it in the bag after going 3-0 up at the end of the second round.
“There were some hits in the third that should have recorded for him but they weren’t given by the judges - that’s boxing.”
Bryant was busy hosting his own boxing show at Debenham LC on the same evening as Taylor’s exploits in Manchester - but kept up to date by telephone throughout the bout.
“I really wanted to know how Tommy was getting on and the person I was speaking to thought that he edged the final round,” he said.
Scotland went on to win the Schoolboys event, with England second and Wales third.
“Tommy has come away with a silver medal and of course his England vest to keep,” added Bryant.
Meanwhile, at Eastgate’s Debenham show, the home outfit claimed a mixed bag of results with three victories and two defeats.
Liam Bartle, Dewy Taylor and Rick Zdrenka all won their bouts on points, but Ryan Day and highly-rated Jake Dykstra suffered points losses.