Jan 31 2013 by Matt Lewis, Harrow Observer
SHELLY Sweeney made history for Harrow Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) at the weekend as she tasted victory in the club’s return to the ring.
The 13-year-old is Harrow ABC’s first licensed female boxer and she upset the odds with a unanimous points decision win over March ABC’s Patsy Smith.
It was the first time in four years that Harrow had been represented in action and Sweeney ensured it was a memorable occasion by seeing off her previously undefeated opponent.
Weighing two kilograms lighter than her more experienced opponent, Sweeney showed her strength and Smith received a standing eight count after having her nose bloodied in the second round.
Both girls came out swinging for the final round but Sweeney continued to back her opponent on to the ropes and unleashed some fierce head shots to secure a points victory.
Meanwhile, George Morrison and Martin McDonagh, both 12, also had their first fights on the bill.
Morrison lost on points to Cheshunt’s Darcy Croke after an action-packed three rounds that eventually saw the debutant tire.
McDonagh, who showed no signs of first-fight nerves, fought bravely before losing out on a points decision against a young fighter from Milton Keynes.
Harrow ABC will be hoping there is more to come from their youngsters in their next outing at Bushey on February 8.