Eastgate Boxing Club coach Mick Bryant has backed Ryan Day to respond from his semi-final defeat at the ABA Eastern Counties Schoolboy Finals.
Fighting for a place in the under-40kg Class Three final at the competition held in Sudbury, the youngster came devastatingly close to progressing through after missing out on the judges’ decision, which was split in favour of his Brentwood-based opponent George Harrison.
However, after progressing one step further than he did last time round, Bryant, although admitting to a slight disappointment, hailed the efforts of his fighter and believes he will respond in a positive way.
“Ryan boxed incredibly well, but unfortunately the decision went against him,” he said.
“He did his best and you can’t do more than that, it was very close and I think it could have gone either way if I’m honest.
“Unfortunately he just didn’t do enough in the final round and we have to accept the decision of the judges.
“He was disappointed, but at the same time pleased with his effort— he’ll bounce back.
“It was a great achievement to reach the semi-finals and he should proud with that.”
Meanwhile, Paul Price is gearing up for his pre-quarter-final bout in a home counties competition in the under-57kg weight category in the coming weeks and Bryant believes he is just one of a host of Eastgate members who will challenge for honours in the coming months with talented youngsters Jake Dykstra and Tommy Taylor also set for bouts.
“The club is doing really well at the moment with a big influx of new boxers,” he added.
“Paul, Tommy and Jake will all be in action in the coming months and hopefully we will have some more success.”