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Boxing: Jose Lopes hopes to take step closer to achieving dream with another win at York Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 March 2017

Stratford cruiserweight Jose Lopes is back in action this Saturday

Stratford cruiserweight Jose Lopes is back in action this Saturday

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Stratford cruiserweight booked for action on Kevin Campion promotion this

West Ham's Tony Doherty celebrates his win with former world champion John H StraceyWest Ham's Tony Doherty celebrates his win with former world champion John H Stracey

Stratford cruiserweight Jose Lopes has always aimed to become a big name on the boxing scene since he first pulled on a pair of gloves.

After seven straight wins, that dream is still alive and he looks forward to scoring another victory at York Hall on Saturday night.

“Of course I am still chasing this dream of mine, believe me when the time comes I won’t be denied, “ says the towering 6”3’-tall prospect.

The 26-year-old is booked for a ten-round tussle with Willesden rival Ossie Jervier on the Kevin Campion promotion at York Hall on Saturday.

West Ham's Victor Ilori celebrates his latest win with former world champion John H StraceyWest Ham's Victor Ilori celebrates his latest win with former world champion John H Stracey

Just one bout since January last year — Lopes’ career best points win over Russ Henshaw at York Hall in September — hardly seems a title schedule.

However, the fighting student, who in the past concentrated on his studies at the University of East London, is determined to make up for lost time and boost his ring career.

“I can’t wait to get back in action under those lights again,” smiles the Angolan-born bruiser, who previously represented the African nation in an amateur competition.

Opponent Jervier, who is guided by Tunde Ajayi at Canning Town’s Peacock gym, launched his pro career with three good wins.

That form came to a halt with two defeats last year, but the second was a single-point loss against Karl Wheeler at York Hall in October.

That win set Wheeler up for a Southern Area title contest against Newham’s explosive Wadi Camacho at York Hall on Saturday week where they meet for the vacant belt.

A meeting with the winner of the title fight on March 18 looks an obvious opportunity for Lopes, particularly a showdown with local rival Camacho, assuming both come through their fights as winners.

The future could be looking bright for the boxer and part-time model known as ‘The Look,’ who started his amateur career at Newham’s Fight For Peace club before moving to Dagenham BC.

The Southern Area light heavy title clash between Jordan Joseph and Chris Hobbs tops the York Hall bill on Saturday where Arfan Iqbal, Adrian Martin, Darrell Church, Nick Parpa and Sam Barron are also billed for action.

Saturday’s bill launches a hectic week for local boxers with a Matchroom show at York Hall on March 17 headlined by unbeaten rivals Alan Higgins and Craig Richards meeting for the Southern Area super middleweight title.

Also on the St Patrick’s Day Matchroom bil are clashes featuring Isaac Chamberlain, Ben Hall, Reece Bellotti, Felix Cash and Danny Dignum.

The same day, MTK Promotions stage of the first of six shows booked at the Brentwood Centre featuring the Upton brothers Sonny and Paul, plus the back-in-action Colin Lynes as well as Freddie Turner, Billy Allington and Charlie Duffield.

• Tony Doherty and Victor Ilori made it a win double for West Ham BC when they travelled to take part in the first St Osyth BC show at the weekend.

Doherty boxed well to score a points win over Arnie Dawson from the Holland Shore BC run by ex-Hammer and 1972 GB Olympics team captain Graham Moughton.

Ilori also showed winning form to turn back the challenge of Liam Rees from the St Osyth club coached by another east London member of the 1972 Olympics squad, Billy Taylor.

The West Ham boxers stepped up to get their winners’ awards presented by another east London favourite, former world welterweight champion John H. Stracey, president of St Osyth BC.

• Boxers chasing England Boxing’s Senior Elite titles aim to eliminate their London rivals as the championships get underway this month.

The Senior Elite weigh-in is on March 18 from 10am to midday and takes place at the Mencap Building, 676 High Road, Tottenham, N17 OAE.

Preliminary bouts will take place at March 23 at The Tottenham Centre, 701 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AD at 7pm, and the same location hosts the London semi-finals on March 24.

The London finals will take place at the Harrow Leisure Centre, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, HA 5BD. on March 30 with a 7pm start.

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