O’Reilly praises performance of teenager after Eastern title win

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Mark O’Reilly claimed Lee Morfey’s title-winning display on Sunday was a career-best performance, writes Graham Clark.

Newmarket’s New Astley Club’s head coach was full of praise for the 19-year-old following his split decision verdict over Mitchell Frearson in the final of the 75kg Under-20 Eastern Counties Championship at a Sudbury show.

“The kid Lee was boxing was not a bad boxer and he totally dominated him,” said O’Reilly. It was the best I have ever seen him box.

“Lee had a good first round but he did get caught by a couple of silly shots.

“From then on, Lee took over the bout and went through the gears and, while he won on a split decision in my eyes, he won all four rounds.”

As a result of his win in Sudbury, Morfey will now compete in the Class B quarter-finals of the 75kg England Boxing Development Championships in Norwich at the weekend where he will take on Michael Chapman from Woking.

Morfey is not the only boxer from the Fred Archer Way club to have tasted success this month with 16-year-old Josh Kennedy winning at the second time of asking.

“Getting Josh to win is one of my biggest achievements as a coach,” said O’Reilly. “When he first boxed he was really shy, but he has turned things around.

“To bring him up from where he was at is phenomenal — it is like he is a different person.”