WHERE there’s a will there is always a way.
When Head Coach of Callan Boxing, 85 years old Jimmy Walsh was unable to travel to Dublin’s National Stadium to man the corner in a title fight, he did the next best thing.
He telephoned 14 years old battler Britney Stokes minutes before her confrontation with Dub Eileen Maher and barked out instructions.
‘Attack early, take her on and end the fight’ was the positive message and Jimmy’s fighting words fuelled the Ring of Confidence that spurred Britney to her third national crown.
She did exactly as Jimmy told her. Result was that she won the first round comfortably on points and in the second round her opposite corner threw in the towel and Eileen was counted out.
“Britney did brilliantly,” Jimmy enthused. “She joined our club four years ago and her Girl 3 victory, added to her Girl 1 and 2 titles, highlights that she is listening and learning all the time,” he told The Reporter.
Britney is one of two budding Katie Taylors who are storming to success.
Pugilists in Catland are blazing a boxing trail at national and international levels.
Nora Jackman of Paulstown Boxing Club is a very talented youngster who is proving to be a wonder in the amateur sport.
She is off to Bulgaria to represent Ireland in the European Junior Cadets’ Championships and Head Coach at Paulstown Ollie O’Neill is delighted with her rise to fame.
Meanwhile Jimmy Walsh heaps praise on Britney who now boasts three national medals and three Leinster honours.
Britney has a brother and two sisters in the Callan Club. Gabriel, aged 11, won his first fight and was beaten in the Leinster Final in Boy 1 46kg.
His sisters are Emily, aged 10 and Presley 16. The active Callan Club that includes coaches John Hickey and Michael Comerford now has eight female fighters and 22 males.
Jimmy says Britney is a good prospect. She also has two Michael Andrews tournament medals.
Chris Tarrant would be proud of Britney Stokes and Jimmy Walsh.
It often pays to phone a friend.