BOXING: Fail hopes to succeed for his country

Carl Fail
Carl Fail

Carl Fail will hope to come out on top in the England-Germany rivalry in Basingstoke on Friday night.

Fail is representing his country in a 69kg contest, bidding to enhance his burgeoning reputation.

The Far Cotton ABC ace has won 34 of his 41 contests to date and appears to have a bright future in the sport.

His club coach, John Daly, is delighted that the 19-year-old will get another chance to showcase his skills on the international stage.

And Daly said: “It’s Carl’s first senior contest for England and it’s a great achivement.

“We’re all over the moon for Carl and it will take a special fighter to beat him.

“We had a good training session earlier in the week and he just keeps getting better and better.

“He looks in really good shape and he can’t wait for Friday night.”

Fail is a Tri-Nations champion and has also fought for England in the European Championships.

It will be the first time he boxes without a headguard, but Daly has full confidence in his charge.

“It’s a big fight for him and he now has a contract for a year to box for England.

“He is really looking forward to it and we know he can do the business.”

Meanwhile, Drew Brown, who learned his trade at Far Cotton, is gearing up for his first professional fight.

Brown will take to the canvas in a middleweight bout at Villa Park in Birmingham on March 19.

He had 42 fights as an amateur at Far Cotton, winning 32 of them, and Daly is looking forward to being part of his support team at the home of Aston Villa Football Club.

“He’s one to watch,” Daly said. “He’s always been a crowd pleaser since he joined the club at nine years old.

“I’ll be in his corner and it is really exciting for our club to see Drew fighting professionally. We’ll give him all the help we can.”

NORTHAMPTON Olympic hopeful Chantelle Cameron was beaten on the second day of preliminaries in the Strandja tournament in Bulgaria last week.

Cameron, who was fighting at 60kg, cruised past France’s Estelle Mosseley on the first day, but was just edged out by Italy’s Irma Testa.

The 24-year-old will now rebuild as she prepares for the AOB European Olympic Qualification tournament in Turkey in April.