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Trinity call for box-off after shock selection


Disbelief: Holy Trinity coach Michael Hawkins left stunned

Disbelief: Holy Trinity coach Michael Hawkins left stunned

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Disbelief: Holy Trinity coach Michael Hawkins left stunned

Holy Trinity Boxing Club have called on the Ulster Council to order a box-off for the final place on the five-strong team heading to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

The club, along with a great many in the Northern Ireland boxing fraternity, were left stunned when it was announced that Lewis Crocker had been overlooked for the team. This was despite Ulster's High Performance director John Conlan having nominated him along with the other four boxers - James McGivern, Aiden Walsh, Stephen McKenna and Tiernan Bradley - for the team.

The team was brought before the Ulster Council but an objection was made against welterweight Crocker and, instead, the Council voted to have Derry lad Brett McGinty go in his place.

While McGinty, with six Irish titles, is clearly a very good boxer, Crocker would have been the most internationally experienced member of the team and has never been beaten in his age group at Irish level.

Holy Trinity coach Michael Hawkins said Crocker had been left "gutted" by the decision and the club is now calling on the Ulster Council to order a box-off to decide fairly who should go to Samoa in September.

"We have sent a letter to the Ulster Council making clear our wish for a box-off between Lewis and Brett to finalise the selection. We just can't believe they have decided not to send Lewis. He was a penalty kick to be picked," said Hawkins.

"We were shocked to learn that Lewis had lost out in an Ulster Council vote to a boxer who, despite being a good, young prospect, is a year below Lewis at Youth level."

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Ulster president Paul McMahon commented: "This is democracy. We had a democratic vote and this is the team that has been selected."

It is understood the Ulster Council have received the emailed letter from Holy Trinity and this has been distributed to the officials who must then decide whether or not they will call for a box-off.

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