Connal outboxed in Bulgaria

Connal (right) at the world championships
Connal (right) at the world championships

Whithorn Braveheart boxer Connal McDonald bowed out of the World Youth Championships in Bulgaria at the weekend after losing to the Irish heavyweight champion.

After an impressive win against the Australian champion Paul Kovacs last Thursday in the preliminary round of the competition, Connal’s Scottish coaches were impressed with the youngster’s ability to mix it with the elite champions of the boxing world and progress in the competition.

Seventeen-year-old Connal then drew Michael Gallagher from Ireland in the last 16 of the competition. This bout was non-stop over the three rounds with the Irish boxer suffering from a nose bleed early on in the second round due to Connal’s fast and furious jabs. Both boxers gave a fantastic display of movement and punching ability that impressed the judges resulting in the split decision being award to the Irish boxer.

Braveheart coach Wullie Martin said: “What a great experience for Connal, to compete in a competition with the worlds best boxers. Team Bravehearts are very proud of oor boy,”