Busy times for Upton brothers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:52 13 March 2017

The Upton Clan with trainer Barry Smith

The Upton Clan with trainer Barry Smith


Siblings hoping to March to success

It’s a hectic month of March action for brothers Anto, Paul and Sonny Upton, who are based at the West Ham BC gym where they are trained by Barry Smith.

Super-lightweight Anto launched the busy schedule by winning in Belfast, while unbeaten super-welterweight Paul appears on Friday’s MTK bill at Brentwood and Sonny bids for the English title in Manchester a week later.

Proud Dad Tony said: “Anto claimed the English belt last year after Paul won the Irish super-welter title and next week Sonny bids to become the Upton clan’s next national champion.”

Boxing for the first time since last July when he won the English super-lightweight title, Anto dominated his clash with Latvian Zaurs Sadihovs at Belfast’s Devenish Centre.

With just a single defeat in his 15 pro appearances, the 25-year-old outboxed his tough rival for his latest success, winning every round on the card of referee Hugh Russell.

Paul Upton has 12 straight wins, including his Irish title success, and is booked for his first action of the year at the Brentwood Centre on the MTK promotion’s special St Patrick’s night bill on Friday.

And brother Sonny will be tested by Middleton’s Matthew Ryan a week later in their top-of-the-bill clash in Manchester, with both fighters having 12 wins to date.

Friday’s Brentwood bill is the first of six booked at the venue by MTK (formerly MGM Marbella) and sees Colin Lynes return after a three-year break from boxing, as well as former ABA finalist Charlie Duffield and Freddie Turner.

Matt McCarthy, Sohail Ahmed and unbeaten prospects Tey Lynn Jones, Richie Gray and Billy Allington are also set for action on the night, while an Eddie Hearn show at York Hall features a clash of two unbeaten fighters in Alan Higgins, who is based at Canning Town’s Peacock gym, and Craig Richards for the Southern Area super-middleweight belt.

Also booked for the Bethnal Green bill are Reece Bellotti v Dai Davies and bouts featuring ex-Newham amateur Danny Dignum, Isaac Chamberlain, Paul Hyland Jr. and Felix Cash.

The following day sees Goodwin promotions feature a Southern Area cruiserweight title clash at York Hall between Canning Town’s Wadi Camacho and Karl Wheeler.

The usual packed programe also includes English title fights between super-bantamweight rivals Josh Kennedy and Michael Ramabeletsa and welterweights John O’Donnell and Erick Ochieng.

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