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Knockout form from Eastside; BOXING.

Byline: Ian Johnson

EASTSIDE ABC completed a wonderfully successful season with two more medal victories in the Great Britain championships in Scotland.

They collected a gold and a silver and Chelmsley Wood ABC underlined the strength of Birmingham boxing by adding a bronze.

In the 70k division 14-year-old Steed Woodall represented England and faced David Winiarski from Scotland. The Midlander started cautiously but gained in confidence and went on to win 8-5.

In the final he met another Scot (Scotland were allowed two representatives because they were the host nation) and was beaten 5-4.

For Cori Gibbs it was a golden weekend. He won his first match in the 46k division against Adam Lovell from Wales with a polished performance claiming a 13-6 success.

The next day in the final he was even more impressive against Cameron Kerr from Scotland and stormed to a one-sided 15-4 victor y.

The defeat suffered by England captain Joe Costello was shrouded in controversy.

Victory went to Scotland captain Roy Stuart, who was fresh back from Croatia with the GB squad, with a 10-7 decision.

It was Costello's first defeat in the last four years during which time he won he national title three times and also the European Gold.

Chelmsley Wood coach and dad John Costello said: "I am obviously biased and I don't want this to sound like sour grapes but everybody at ringside was amazed that Joe didn't get the decision.

"A Scotland official came to me and apologised and the England manager Mick Gannon was so stunned he demanded to see the score sheets.

"Joe was gutted. If he had an off day and lost we could have accepted it. But this was a rank bad decision.

But on the positive side Joe has now learned that you don't always get what you deserve. Sometimes you have to take a kick in the teeth.

"His record shows he is a talent and he will bounce back.'' Paul Counihan, chief coach at Eastside, was ecstatic about the display from Gibbs. He said: "Cori was the best performer over the weekend.

"He boxed magnificently and we are all so proud of him. In all he has had 25 fights and won 24. This season he has collected three major titles - the YCP, the Junior ABA and now the GB championship.

"It has been a wonderful first season for us especially to have four national champions - Cori plus Steed, Antonio Counihan and Francis Bennett.

"Our presentation night will be something special and after that we will sit down and make plans for next year when we hope to do just as well... or even better.''


East Enders: Young Eastside ABC fighters Cori Gibbs and Steed Woodall.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Jun 20, 2009
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