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Debutants impress on Fight for Peace show

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 November 2016

Musa Mohammed hits out at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)

Musa Mohammed hits out at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)

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Trio make competitive bows in boxing ring

Joe Concepcion in action at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)Joe Concepcion in action at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)

Newham’s Fight for Peace club celebrated its final show of the year at the weekend, with three London Academy youngsters making their debuts.

The show attracted clubs, competitors and spectators from around London and gave a stage for fighters to test themselves and their skills against real opponents in a competitive environment.

It was also the first time that fighters from their Twilight programme, for young people aged seven to 14, performed in the ring.

Sadly, late withdrawals meant that Fight for Peace boxers Laszlo Varga, who fought so well at the last show, and Silvino Domingos were left without opponents.

Eniola Akingbesote stalks his rival at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)Eniola Akingbesote stalks his rival at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)

But Twlight members Joe Concepcion (skills bout) and Eniola Akingbesote both competed, along with Fight for Peace boxer Musa Mohammed, with all there making their competitive debut in the ring.

Concepcion fought with great tenacity in his three rounds and Akingbesote’s performance had the crowd on their feet in a thoroughly entertaining bout, which was awarded to his opponent.

Mohammed, who has been boxing for two years at Fight for Peace, showed a slick combination of speed, control and power to record a technical knockout in the second round of his bout, much to his delight.

He said: “I feel great, it was my first fight and I got a TKO in the second round. I felt prepared and this is going to make me go harder, it’s made me even hungrier.

Musa Mohammed celebrates his win (pic James Morgan)Musa Mohammed celebrates his win (pic James Morgan)

“Every time I jump in the ring there is an adrenaline rush and you just want to compete and it makes you feel better outside of the ring too. When I got the win it just felt good because I have been working for it, so everything I worked for wasn’t wasted.”

Twilight Boxing coach Allyson Julien said the performances of her students were a great credit to the hard work they put in every week, and bode well for a successful future in the sport.

“They’ve done incredibly well. They have worked really hard from getting in the training hours to all the extra work that they have done,” said Julien.

“For their first bout they have done so well. We are very proud and it has also given us an insight into how well they can do with more work.

Joe Concepcion shows off his trophy at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)Joe Concepcion shows off his trophy at the Fight for Peace show (pic James Morgan)

“When they get in the ring with young fighters from other clubs, you can see their potential a whole lot more, so it has given us a really clear insight into how good they can be with all the work we as coaches and them as athletes can put in.”

This was a very successful event for Fight for Peace, inside and outside of the ring, and the debutants will be watched closely as they continue their development and build on their talents.


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