Connal keeps British title
Braveheart Connal “Magic” McDonald retained his British title in Edinburgh on saturday in spectacular style.
The triumph over Daniel Dubois now secures his place in the Great Britain team and he will box in the world championships in Bulgaria next month.
Commenting from ringside, coach Wullie Martin said: “This was Connal’s biggest test yet, against a very strong and experienced English opponent.
“Connal is now boxing three-minute rounds and this is suiting his style of boxing.
“Round one saw the Braveheart striking the first blow and always finishing with the last punch out of the exchanges, turning his opponent in the corner and stepping up the pace with phase attacks that the Londoner struggled to defend against.
“Round two was more evenly balanced with the English boxer wanting to stand and trade punches in the centre of the ring, but Connal’s power punching at close quarters made the English boxer stumble backwards and cover up as Connal’s left hand let loose explosion after explosion.
“The referee was keeping a close eye on the contest and the bell came in the nick of time. Going in to round three, the Scottish coaches instructed Connal to keep moving and use his silky footwork to hit and move and watch out for the haymakers expected from the struggling Londoner.
“As the bell sounded for the last round the Braveheart was up off his stool like a thunderbolt and straight over to his opponent, working his jab and backhand in fast and furious combinations that unsettled the English boxer, who changed his tactics and started to hit and hold on.
“But as the round continued and both boxers squared up in the centre of the ring to let the short-range hooks off it was Scotland who had the power left in the guns and the English boxer who once again had to resort to holding on.
“The final bell came as a great relief to both boxers and when the referee raised the hand of Connal McDonald, the crowd rose to their feet with shouts and cheers of admiration and it was said that the cheers could be heard as far away as Whithorn.”
Coach Tom Jolly said afterwards: “What a result for Connal and the a proud day for Team Braveheart, retaining both his Scottish and British titles over the past two weeks in the biggest challenge he has faced to date, and securing his place in the British team to compete against the best in the world.
“It shows the dedication and commitment to the sport of boxing that Connal gives and what a great ambassador too as he takes the time teach and coach others in the club.”