Ex-Hammers cheer more wins
PUBLISHED: 09:16 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 05 June 2017
Duffield and Driscoll deliver at Brentwood
Former West Ham amateurs Charlie Duffield and Charlie Driscoll both came through their fifth pro outings as they slammed their way to emphatic victories at Brentwood on Friday.
Light-heavyweight Duffield, who suffered a shock defeat in his last fight, bounced back in explosive style, halting Cambridge rival Matty Parr inside a round.
And the stylish Driscoll made it five straight points wins with a dominating display against Reading journeyman Ibrar Riyaz on the WAM promotion.
Duffield, trained at the Peacock gym by Mark Tibbs, expected a tough fight against a rival who had lost just one of his previous three contests but the local fighter took control at the opening bell.
A stream of solid jabs and hooks ripped through Parr’s defences as the powerful Duffield drove him around the ring with a punishing assault.
Parr gamely tried to rally but was outgunned and taking more solid shots on the ropes when referee Lee Every signalled he has seen enough after just two minutes 37 seconds.
“It was good to get back with a quick win, training has been going well with Mark and I felt strong,” said Duffield, who is yet to go the distance in five pro fights.
In contrast Driscoll has secured five points victories in his year-long pro career and delighted his fans again as he turned on the skills against 130-fight veteran Riyaz.
With his father, former pro Mickey Driscoll, roaring support from ringside, the former Hammers captain showed his long-range skills as he dictated the exchanges.
“I am learning all the time. I want to box again as soon as possble and I am ready to step up to six rounds now,” said Driscoll.
Newham trainer Johnny Eames welcomed former WBO world Champion Colin McMillan at the opening of his new gym, the Lighthouse TKO gym in Barking town centre.
Eames built up his former TKO gym in Canning Town into one of the best-known in boxing and is looking to follow the success at the new centre.
Meanwhile, McMillan celebrates the 25th anniversary of his world title success with a special charity dinner at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell on June 16.
The evening features middleweight greats Steve Collins and Michael Watson alongside other boxing celebrities and tickets are available on 0208 599 6823.
Cruiserweight prospect Lawrence Okolie looks to continue his explosive form when he appears on the Matchroom bill at the O2 Arena on July 1.
Olympian Okolie has stopped all three rivals in the opening round and now gets his first London pro date on Eddie Hearn’s big show.
Feature fights see Frank Buglioni defend his British light-heavyweight title against Ricky Summer and Matthew Ryan meet Ted Cheeseman for the English welterweight belt.
Also appearing in supporting bouts are Conor Benn, Isaac Chamberlain and Danny Dignum.
Former Peacock amateur Daniel Mendes goes for his fourth win in five pro bouts when he appears on the Goodwin promotion at York Hall on Saturday.
Danny Couzens meets Ossie Jervier on the usual packed bill which also includes Spiros Demetriou, Rakeem Noble, Josh Burnham and Dean Richardson.
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