BOXING: Maguire is magnificent

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CITY boxer Michael Maguire remains on course for a record-breaking hat-trick of national titles.

CITY boxer Michael Maguire remains on course for a record-breaking hat-trick of national titles.The 15 year-old Hereward Community College pupil is only one step away from securing a third national schoolboys title after an overwhelming win in the semi-finals of this year's championships at the Everton Sports Centre.

Maguire boxed Tower Hill's Nick Quigley for a place in the Class Three Under 45kg final and gave a near faultless display of box-fighting to stop the Liverpudlian after two rounds.

Fighting for the Kettering School of Boxing, Maguire put on an exhibition of non-stop aggression, throwing every punch in the book from every angle to completely outclass his opponent.

Combinations of blinding speed and power had Quigley mesmerised but, boxing on home soil, he dug in deep to catch Maguire on a couple of occasions.

The sheer intensity and desire of Maguire's will to win was breathtaking, and, after a fierce exchange in the second round, the bell sounded with Maguire up 15-0 on the computer scoring system and the mercy rule was brought into play.

If at any time the gap is 15 points the bout is stopped.

So Maguire now goes on to box in the final on March 27/28 at Dagenham Sports Centre against London champion Liam Unsworth of Bexley.

Maguire's coach Clive Hogben said: ''As I have said before, Michael is a special talent and barring illness the only person to beat him is himself.

''As in his previous two championship runs he gets better as each round progresses as he's boxing every two weeks. He relishes the competition and quality of opponents.''

The win was Maguire's 26th from 29 bouts.

His Kettering clubmate Billy Elliott, also from Peterborough, boxed in Guernsey at the weekend for the Police Alliance Clubs of Great Britain and had an impressive first round stoppage win .

The 14 year-old bantamweight from Paston quickly got into his rhythm and found his range with three-punch combinations to give his opponent from the Guernsey Lions Club, Johnny Watson, a standing eight count.

Proving too strong he climbed all over his hapless foe and the referee had no option but to stop the bout in Elliott's favour with only a few seconds left of the opener.