Famous five in finals
WEST HAM Boxing club once again look set for an impressive title haul at the NACYP, national youth championships at the weekend, with five of their boxers heading for Portsmouth for the two-day finals tournament.
Khalid Miah, Luke Saunders and Alfie Price won their Class A semi-final bouts in Caerphilly, Wales, last weekend, alongside Class B winners Chris and Jimmy Smith.
They will now all face the northern Area winners at the finals of the competition, formerly known as the NABC championships.
Talented Saunders showed his class with a clear win over Walcott BC national title-holder Connor Wells in their 63kg clash.
Dominating from the start, Saunders built up a runaway lead in a one-sided contest, before the referee called a halt in the third round.
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Alfie Price dominated his 57kg contest against Ben Crocker (Premier BC), who gave a negative display as the Hammer boxed his way into a clear lead for an 18-7 victory.
Khalid Miah joined the West Ham victory parade after a keenly contested final clash with Gosport’s Harvey Blair. He defied his rival’s last round rally to come through on a 16-14 points margin in their 66kg encounter.
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The Smith boys did the double against Class B opposition with impressive semi-final displays.
Chris Smith took control against 63kg rival Adam Goldsmith (Cwmbran) and the West Ham club hope was good value for his 26-15 points win from the ringside judges.
In their 80kg semi-final, Sam Smith (Pinewood Star) towered inches over West Ham entry Jimmy Smith, but it was the Hammer who cut his rival down to size with an all-out last round effort to win 19-18.
However, there were disappointments for the Hammers with boxers making their exits at Caerphilly including Class A entry Aqeel Ahmad, who was eliminated when Golden Ring BC boxer Sean Burke won their 46kg clash by a score of 36-21.
In a Class B 57kg duel, Charlie Driscoll was defeated by Welsh entry Sam Baker (Cwmgors BC), with the judges scoring the bout 28-15.