Dudley shows his steel to earn Sheffield showdown
WEST HAM welterweight Dudley O Shaughnessy will be just one win away from his target of an ABA title triumph when he steps into the ring at Sheffield on Friday to face Steel City club boxer Liam Cameron, writes LEN WHALEY. O Shaughnessy aims to follow his
WEST HAM welterweight Dudley O'Shaughnessy will be just one win away from his target of an ABA title triumph when he steps into the ring at Sheffield on Friday to face Steel City club boxer Liam Cameron, writes LEN WHALEY.
O'Shaughnessy aims to follow his junior title success with senior glory and end his outstanding ABA title campaign on a high note - increasing the club's impressive all-time list of ABA winners.
He added two more impressive wins to his 2009 title campaign at the Sheffield Insitute of Sport on Friday and Saturday, as he moved through the quarter and semi-finals in relaxed style.
The quarter-final opposition was supplied by Daniel Kennedy (Jersey Leonis), who was soon on the receiving end of the accurate shots which have typified the West Ham boxer's progress along the national title trail.
Kennedy tried gamely to turn the tide his way, but was caught again by the powerful punches as O'Shaughnessy was content to extend his advantage throughout the second and third rounds.
The judges' verdict underlined the West Ham boxer's dominance, as a 19-3 decision in his favour was announced at the final bell.
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Justin Perry (Stevenage) was the boxer hoping to end O'Shaughnessy's title progress in the semi-final, but became another inside-the-distance victim for the Canning Town boxer, who has stopped four of his six opponents on the title trail.
The West Ham boxer had built up an early lead, finding the target as his powerful shots landed, and saw him move into a comfortable 4-2 lead on the official scoring.
The game Stevenage boxer tried to hit back in the second round, but was again on the receiving end of damaging blows.
He was troubled by a heavy nose bleed, and the ringside doctor was called to examine the injury.
With a broken nose suspected, Perry was unable to continue, leaving winner O'Shaughnessy to progress into the final.
The West Ham hopes final opponent also scored a stoppage win in Sheffield when he halted his quarter-final rival, Thomas Langford (Hall Green).
In his semi-final, Cameron faced the boxer many had rated a good bet to reach the final, Scott Cardle (Kirkham), but it was the Steel City boxer who came through in style winning 10-0 on the official scorecard.
Certainly the O'Shaughnessy versus Cameron title-decider promises to be one of the top clashes on the night the 2009 national honours are decided.