Gatehouse beaten - but he deserved so much more!

PUBLISHED: 13:13 20 January 2011

Noel Gatehouse put in a magnificent shift only to have the decision go against him in a thrilling contest in Bodmin, writes Phil Crook.

AMATEUR Boxing’s top junior competition, the Schoolboy Championships, started last weekend, with the Devon, Dorset and Cornwall round taking place in Bodmin,.

Daniel Hardy had a bye to the Western Counties final on January 30 in Bristol, but Noel Gatehouse lined up against Paington’s Ben Jackson.

Already holding a controversial majority win over Hardy from last season, Jackson’s in your face style was well known to the club’s coaches.

Intense training had taken place over the previous two weeks to prepare Gatehouse for the expected onslaught and Jackson didn’t disappoint.

Attacking from the opening bell, Jackson had early success with a right left combination but Gatehouse blocked the follow up shots with his gloves and then landed a stinging jab of his own.

As the round neared it’s end, Noel landed with a solid combination of his own followed by a stiff left jab.

Round two followed a similar pattern with Gatehouse punishing his opponent every time he tried to take a breather.

Noel’s corner were sure that he was in front and he was sent out for the last round with instructions to attack to the body as well as the head, to further punish a tiring Jackson.

He followed the advice to the letter and ended the bout in total control. Just about everyone in the hall assumed that Gatehouse had won and it came as a complete shock when Jackson was awarded a majority decision.

The Paignton coach shook his head in disbelief and then came and confessed his shock at the decision.

The Exmouth corner was delighted with Noel’s performance and a return bout is already being discussed for March at the Pavilion.

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