Boxing is a family affair for Fitzgerald brothers

Sam and Ben Fitzgerald
Sam and Ben Fitzgerald

Aylesbury Boxing Club travelled to Thatcham to compete in the prestigious Thatcham Cup recently.

Aylesbury were fielding teenager Sam Fitzgerald in the schoolboy category and he faced Berinsfield ABC standout Mark McDonal.

McDonal tried to start aggressively, but was nowhere near as fast as the Aylesbury boxer as he slammed counter after counter and the judges awarded a unanimous decision to Fitzgerald.

The Berinsfield corner objected the decision and asked Aylesbury for a rematch. As both fighters had been chosen by their respective counties to represent them in the Four Counties Championships it seemed logical that the rematch be arranged.

Boxers from Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire gathered to contest the Four Counties Championships and Fitzgerald again stepped in to face Mark McDonal only this time he was in McDonal’s home club Berinsfield. The bout started fast as McDonal was eager to please the partisan crowd.

Unlike the last fight Fitzgerald was actively looking for the stoppage in the final round, however McDonal was a quality opponent who was fighting back until the very end. As the fighters embraced at the end, there was never any doubt who the better boxer was, as Fitzgerald was awarded a second win over his rival.

“It’s what he deserved” said club coach Andy Watkins.

“He works extremely hard and after the bitter disappointment of losing a razor thin decision in the ABA Championships, these types of bouts against solid opponents are just what he needs”.

Also on the card was older brother Ben facing Ralf Abdul from St Albans. Fitzgerald played a waiting game and in the end his superior head movement kept the traffic one way for the majority of the fight for another unanimous decision for Aylesbury and the Fitzgerald family.

The brothers’ victories ensured that Bucks took home the victory shield.

The club welcomes all ages and all genders either for amateur competition or as a part of a fitness regime, call Andy Watkins on 07971 874364 for more details or to get involved.