Hammers celebrate home and away
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 February 2014
Boxers show winning form
West Ham boxers enjoyed success at home and abroad on a superb weekend of action.
Jordan Reynolds and Charlie Driscoll sparkled for a North East London team against high class Danish rivals at Gladsaxe tournmament in Copenhagen on Saturday.
And Charlie Kenny, Viddal Riley, and Ellis Delaney booked their places in the National Youth Championship semi-finals with excellent wins in Harlow the following day.
Reynolds conceded weight against middleweight rival Mikkel Steffenson but took control from the start with rapid-fire attacks shaking the Danish international.
Steffenson slammed back with his own punches but was generally on the receiving end as Reynolds completed a victory hailed as the star performance of the night.
Driscoll also played a key role in the visiting team’s 5-4 triumph as he subdued star Dane Abdul Rahman in a light-welterweight bout.
Rahman attacked in the opening exchanges but the accurate punching of the Hammer turned the contest his way and earned Driscoll a 3-l vote.
Meanwhile at Harlow, Kenny featured in a thrilling Class A 56kg contest with Moneyfields’ talented Sid Williams in a battle of England representatives.
The powerful Kenny found the target with heavy hooks to head and body and deserved his victory against a taller rival who scored at long range.
Riley was making his first appearance since winning silver at the European Junior Championships in Russia in December and dominated the Class A 81kg exchanges against game rival Mark White (Bognor).
The West Ham boxer landed long-range shots before powerful hooks rocked White who was rubber-legged when the referee sensibly called a halt in the third round.
The Class B 75kg clash between Delaney and Golden Ring rival Jack Stringer produced an all-action climax to an entertaining show as they traded punches throughout.
The Hammer piled on early pressure but Stringer came back strongly before Delaney’s high-powered finish pulled a split decision his way in a classic clash.
Kenny meets Joe Molloy (High Wycombe) in Saturday’s semi-finals in Portsmouth, while Riley faces Harry Davey (Tiverton) and Ricky Dymond (Bideford) tests Delaney.
Reece Fleet led the way on a winning weekend for Newham boxers when he outpointed Chadwell St Mary’s rival Claydon Mead at Hornchurch.
Alf Mehegan outpointed Steven Ball (Brentwood) and Kane Wilson-Stroud defeated Albie Scopes (Southend).
Laiq Khan, Gulshan Nota and Michael Maugham completed a win treble for Fairbairn, meanwhile, against rivals from Swindon’s Walcot BC when they staged a show at East Ham WMC on Friday.
Khan was tested by Charles Hatfield in a hard-fought light-welterweight clash but gave a sharp-hitting display to take the decision.
Nota came out on top of a scrappy contest with Sammy Price while new boy Maugham showed promise in defeating James Anderson in a 50kg encounter.
Another new boy in winning form was Tyler McTernan, who outpointed Austin Fly (Patricks) in a big punching middleweight meeting that saw both boxers receive standing counts.
Hamza Namajee outpointed Billy Roome (West Ham) in a derby bout, but Abubaker Mohammed was defeated by Dagenham’s Jake Martin.
Mandeep Nota showed good form to defeat John O’Toole (Bromley) but the result was reversed when visiting boxer Tommy McSweeny took a tight split verdict against Harry Johal.
Arjon Basi stopped Sid Brunyee, whose shoulder injury marred a promising clash, while hard-hitting Umair Ansari impressed in stopping Jordan Ratinon (Patricks) in the third round after his rival received standing counts.
Frank Warren is planning a third big summer promotion at West Ham’s Upton Park ground, but it all depends on heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury winning this weekend.
Warren staged Kevin Mitchell’s unsuccessful challenge against Aussie Michael Katsidis in 2010, before Chisora and David Haye packed in the fans two years later.
Chisora and Fury face foreign opposition at Stratford’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday, with Warren hoping they come through in style to set up a showdown at the home of the Hammers.
Trad TKO’s Frank Buglioni faces Italian Gaetano Nespro, while rival light-welterweights Billy Morgan and Michael Grant also clash on Saturday.
Grant insists he will halt unbeaten Morgan’s nine-fight victory run, saying: “I am really fit and confident I will win in four or five rounds.”
Also on the bill are Hughie Fury, Bradley Skeete, Steve Collins Junior and George Kean.
n Former European bantamweight champion Ian Napa is among a group of ex-boxers appearing at the Trad TKO Gym’s Charity Spar-Boxing dinner event.
It is being held in association with the World Boxing Union for the Indee Rose Trust at the Menzies Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell on February 22.
Gym boss Johnny Eames is a regular backer of the charity that provides support for children who have been diagnosed with a brain or spinal tumour.
Tickets are available from the TRAD TKO Gym website www.tkoboxoffice.com and ticket line 07960 850645.