Boxing: Double joy for trainer Barry Smith with West Ham boxers at York Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 March 2018

Boxing trainer Barry Smith (left) (pic: Len Whaley)

Boxing trainer Barry Smith (left) (pic: Len Whaley)


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There was double success for boxers from the West Ham stable of trainer Barry Smith as Bradley Smith and Sam Cox scored points successes on the Champs promotion at York Hall on Saturday.

Bradley Smith, a 20-year-old super lightweight prospect, resumed his winning campaign with a four-round points win over Slovakian rival Ivan Godor for his eighth straight success.

Boxing for the first time since July, Smith landed the sharper shots to dominate the exchanges against his seasoned rival and was good value for the clear win.

Cox, a former West Ham amateur now based at the club’s Plaistow gym where trainer Smith coaches a pro stable on weekday mornings, scored his second win in the paid ranks, outpointing Bulgarian Stefan Sashov at York Hall.

The 23-year-old bantamweight boxed at long range, winning every round against an opponent who lost a point for rule infringements on referee Chas Coakley’s card.

• Cruiserweight Mark Little, coached by experienced trainer Paul Cook, looks for his seventh straight victory on the Hayemaker bill at York Hall on Saturday, facing Croatian Tomislav Rudan.

Little’s contest supports top cruiserweight clashes featuring British champion Matty Askin and Southern Area titleholder Wadi Camacho, plus heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce at York Hall.

A West Ham United fan and known as the ‘Boleyn Boy’, Little has donated part of his purse to get young Hammers supporter Isla Caton, who has cancer, treatment in the USA.

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