They don’t know whether to call him the Eagle or the Phoenix yet - but Phoenix Laulu Togagae got off to a winning start in the boxing ring last week.
Phoenix, aged 11, the son of Sheffield Eagles player Quentin, was a debutant winner for Manor Boxing Academy on a show in Retford.
Coach Roger Sampson said: “He’s been coming about two years but this was his debut and he did very well.
“He could be a really special talent if he sticks to it.”
Phoenix got the better of Pro Fitness ABC boxer William O’Reilly on a split decision. Reniel Thompson of the same club was also a split decision winner on the bill. He got the verdict against Ali Asghar Nasser who was representing Phoenix ABC.
Three other Manor boxers featured on the same card. Bright Mpofu was beaten by Ben Johnson from the KK School of Boxing club on a split. Shakiel Thompson was beaten by Doncaster Plant rival Andrew Coltman in another tight contest.
Grant Turner was on the end of a split decision defeat to Jordan Turner of Huthwaite ABC. Sheffield Lane Top’s Hakeem Nasser beat Bracebridge’s Macauley Gordon according to all the judges.
Doncaster Plant had two on the same show with Ryan Taylor forcing the retirement of Phoenix’s George Puati following the second round. Pavan Singh Sandul of Plant was beaten unanimously by home man William Bower.
Kalem Blyth, representing Mexborough ABC, stopped home boxer Damien Mazurkiewicz in the first round.
St Vincents took heavyweight Aaron Staley to box in Warwick where he kept his unbeaten run going against Jamie Bannister from Cleary’s ABC. George Parkin won down in Kettering for the same club.
Lane Top also had two boxers up to Hartlepool Headland ABC’s show last week. Neither could pick up a win but got experience under their belts.
Hassam Khan lost unanimously whilst Awais Mohammed lost out on debut on a split decision. Barnsley Star’s Codie Smith also featured in a skills contest against Retford’s Roger Slattery.
Stainforth ABC hosted their own show at the town’s old club.
Winning from the home club were Jamie Lee Davies who got the better of Declan Sams from the nearby Brodsworth ABC.
Robert Davies, also of Stainforth, beat Parson Cross’ Joe Burgin. Felix Reilly picked up an award for his stoppage win over Barnsley Star’s Daniel Ledger.Lloyd Stevenson and Gina Klimaytis were beaten by Leon Simms (Danum) and Alexandra Ribaka (Vulcan) respectively.
Conner Booth of Freedom ABC got a Doncaster derby win over Liam Westwood from Balby Boxing Academy.Brodsworth’s Owen Edwards beat Owen Durnan from Sheffield Boxing Centre in a competitive bout. Ryan Boyle of Doncaster South went down to a loss against Joel Ferguson.
(Wellington).Frankie Buck of Stainforth competed in a skills bout with Parson Cross’ Darren Ashton. Ben Allott of Danum ABC also boxed in a skills contest.
On a show at Beighton Recreational Ground, home Aspire boxer Liam Wright nicked a split decision over Jordan Martin from Ingle BA.
The Ingle club got revenge with Adam Yousseff beating Daniel Sweet on a split.
Debutant Ethan Otter scored a stoppage win for the home club against Nathan Fox from Doncaster South.
Sam Brookes was beaten by Jarred Gower (Right Stuff) and Jimmy Nicholson lost to Ethan Norton (Grimsby BA).
Millennium ABC boxer Jade Clayton scored an impressive win over southpaw Adriana Finch from Boston.
Two Aspire kids boxed in skills contests. They were Ethan Cain against Colby Tongue from Doncaster Plant and Laura Plant against Liverpudlian Rebecca Allen.