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Byline: NICK PEET Boxing Reporter

LIVERPOOL will be well represented at the quarter-finals of the Junior ABA Championships in Oxford this weekend. City fighters dominated proceedings in the North West Counties finals, winning four of the six championship bouts at Widnes.

Unfortunately, last week's regional finals were hindered by three bouts being postponed, but the action was as intense as ever with star performance coming from Gemini ABC teenager Steve Kehoe.

The light-heavyweight was in the ring for less than a minute as he erupted out of his corner from the first bell to drive Audley ABC hope B Khan straight back into his own corner.

Raining in blows from all angles, Kehoe never gave his opponent an inch and after just 45 seconds Khan's corner threw in the towel.

Kehoe was presented with his winner's medal by Amir Khan,no relation to his opponent, the 17 year -old Bury lightweight who became England's first Olympic qualifier by winning gold in Bulgaria two weeks ago.

Other big wins came from bantam weight Craig Court, who eased past Mancunian John McCardle to move into this week's quarter-finals, while featherweight Wes Brown (Rotunda) and the seemingly unstoppable Michael Ungi, the Golden Gloves' star lightweight, also both progressed from the Class A age group.

Unfortunately, the city's two light- welter weights lost their respective age group bouts. Tim Needham and Simon Sweeney were both edged out by majority points verdicts.

Keep your eye on the ECHO's sports pages later this week for full details of Saturday's draw. NORTH WEST FINALS RESULTSClass A: 48kg: A Williams (GoldenGloves) v J Murray (Boarshaw)-postponed.

54kg: C Court (Transport) Wpts J McCardle (Hamer)57kh: W Brown (Rotunda) Wpts K Nicholson (Whitehaven)60kg: M Ungi (GoldenGloves) Wpts A Horrocks (MiddletonSelect) 64kg: T Needham (Furs) Lpts W Warburton (Poolof Life)Class C: 51kg: P Edwards (Salisbury) v J Brown (Arrow)-postponed.

60kg: K Buckley (Chester) v J Davidson (Stockport & Brinnington) -postponed.

64kg: S Sweeney (Salisbury) Lpts J J Keenan (Ardwick)81kg:S Kehoe (Gemini)Wrsf1 B Khan (Audley).


TOUGH SCRAP: Will Brown (Rotunda)in action (above) against Kevin Nicholson, while below, Michael Ungi (left)is en route to victory Pictures: TERRY CHURCHILL CODE: 041704tc; COURT OUT: Transport's CraigCourt takes a punch to the face,but still went on to beat John McCardle; TOP SHOW: Winner Steve Kehoe receives his award from Amir Khan
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2004
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