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Boxing: Maguire's disappointment at missing out of Olympics

World number one rated under-19 bantamweight Michael Maguire has put behind him the disappointment of missing out on this summer's Beijing Olympics.

After missing out at bantamweight when Joe Murray reached the last eight at the AIBA World Championships in Chicago, Northants ace Maguire saw his hopes of competing at flyweight ended.

The Kettering School of Boxing ace was hoping to be picked for the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Greece at flyweight after impressing Great Britain coach Terry Edwards by demolishing the USA captain on his senior international debut for England recently.

But Birmingham flyweight Khalid Yafai ended that dream by qualifying for Great Britain in a tournament at Pescara in Italy last week.

Maguire, who turned 19 recently, is now aiming for the senior ABAs before returning to the Elite Great Britain squad's international programme in May.

Kettering School of Boxing coach Clive Hogben said: "Michael has typically taken this on the chin. He did everything that has been asked of him by the Great Britain selectors but it was not meant to be.

"My job now is to motivate Michael and stimulate his interest to get him into the latter stages of the ABAs."

Hogben has pulled Maguire out of a multi-nations tournament in Poland to get him prepared for the ABAs.

Hogben added: "I'm looking forward to introducing improvements to Michael's game plan. After missing out on the Olympics he will now be looking at the European Championships in November, but we are concentrating fully on the ABAs at the moment."

 
 
 

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