Coyle comes out on top in derby clash

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 May 2015

Johnny Coyle celebrates his win with Alec Wilkey

Johnny Coyle celebrates his win with Alec Wilkey


Southern Area title for Newham old boy

Fairbairn's Hamza Namajee (left) outpointed Newham's Harry Mehegan in their clashFairbairn's Hamza Namajee (left) outpointed Newham's Harry Mehegan in their clash

Johnny Coyle is hungry for more title success after coming out on top of a local derby duel to take the Southern Area light-welterweight belt at York Hall on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old former Newham amateur title winner outscored Phillip Bowes in an all-east London clash and is looking to the future with confidence.

“I’d like to defend this Area belt, then move on and aim for more titles,” said Coyle.

Bowes landed the speedy shots that earned nine wins in 10 previous bouts, but was shaken more than once as Coyle fired back, outworking his rival in a testing fight.

Unbeaten in 10 fights, including a Prizefighter sucess at welterweight, Coyle showed his strength in the lighter division, piling on the pressure in the later rounds as his rival slowed.

The new champion is a member of the Alec Wilkey team based at Poplar who enjoyed a treble success on the show, as Adam Salman halted Michal Voskya inside a round and Cassius Connor stopped Andy Harris in four rounds.

It was also a night of celebration for brothers Anthony and Sonny Upton, the former West Ham amateurs who now train with ex-world champion Ricky Hatton at his Manchester gym.

Anthony made it nine straight pro wins with a third-round body shot that finished Hungarian Istvan Kiss.

The powerful right hook to the mid-section saw Kiss counted out in one minute 42 seconds of the third to the delight of the impressive fan following cheering the Uptons at York Hall.

Brother Sonny recorded a clear win on the Goodwin Promotion where he outpointed Latvian Dmitrijs Ovsjannikovs, winning all four rounds on the referee’s scorecard.

It’s forward march for a trio of West Ham entries as they moved through to the England Schools’ semi-finals with wins at Portsmouth on Saturday.

There was a quarter-final success for Gerry Saunders, who defeated Mark Johnson (Bognor ABC), piling on the punches in the third round to clinch a split victory in the Class A 41.5kg contest.

Michael Dunne, a Class B 48kg entry, outboxed Poseidon ABC’s Vinny Mandair, scoring with fast and accurate punches to move through on a unanimous decision.

And Reece Collins proved too strong for Class B 56kg rival Frankie Gregory (Tadley ABC), stepping up the pressure in every round to finish a clear winner.

Fairbairn junior Aaron Lawrence came through a good winner on the club dinner show at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell on Friday when outpointing Jake Frazier (Centurion).

The 15-year-old took the unanimous verdict and later received a special award when the bout was voted the best of the show.

Another junior winner for Fairbairn was Gulshan Nota, who had a good victory over Joe Gonella (Billericay), but Charlie White (Centurion) outpointed Taps Makadho from the home club.

It was a night of mixed success for the Namajee boys from Fairbairn, with Hamza boxing well to come through a lively local derby by outpointing Harry Mehegan (Newham).

However Whitstable southpaw Luke Fordyce landed the scoring shots to outpoint younger Zak Namajee.

Another visiting winner was Bromley’s Floyd Njene, who defeated Fairbairn opponent Tyler McTernan, but there was a good win for Fairbairn’s Haroon Nikai, who piled on last round pressure to halt Billericay rival Jakob Miller.

Christian Ozog (Fairbairn) landed the punches to record a good senior win over Kent University opponent Omid Roufs.

And another local winner on the show was Barking’s Blerim Pjetri, who battled to victory over Andrew Stewart (Centurion).

n Peacock BC are planning a super-heavyweight competition on their open air afternoon show at the United Services club, Blake Avenue, Barking on Saturday May 30.

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