A PADDINGTON boxer tipped for stardom has pulled out of this year's Junior ABA Championships - because of his surname.
John-Chris McDonough failed to show for the first round of the competition on Thursday after a massive riot between two warring families - including his own.
A month ago the London Youth Clubs championships were brought to a terrifying halt when members of the Coyle and McDonough families turned York Hall into a war zone, as chairs and fists flew at the famous old East End venue.
Seventeen-year-old John-Chris was next to box when the riot erupted, but he never got the chance after the championships were abandoned and both families banned from attending boxing in London.
A week later, the ban was overturned when Coyle and McDonough elders got together with the ABA to bury the hatchet - but by that time John-Chris had gone AWOL, according to his coach at Stowe Club on Harrow Road.
Paul Armand said: "Maybe John-Chris thought there was no point in carrying on as he was banned.
"I told him straight after that the ban was likely to be overturned - but maybe that or something else caused him to lose heart."
John-Chris is a former two-time Golden Gloves junior champion and a Four-Nations international winner, and he wasn't the only one to forfeit his chance when Patrick Corcoran failed to show for his 60kilos contest.
The good news for Armand and co was that Simon Corcoran (51kg) and Joe McCarthy (63kg) got walkovers to the next round.
Simon now takes on the hopes of his Paddington club.Armand added: "Simon's a Novices Championship winner this year and if he gets into his stride, could go all the way."