Hammer Collins chasing title

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 April 2015

West Ham youngster Reece Collins

West Ham youngster Reece Collins


Youngster sets sights on national crown

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West Hammer Reece Collins has set his sights on a 2015 England Schools’ title triumph and launched his bid in style at Ilford on Saturday.

Collins powered to success over Repton rival Tyreq Campbell in the NE London Class B 56kg clash, rocking his rival with solid punches before the referee called a halt in the third round.

“Beating a national champion on a club bout recently was a real boost for me, now I will be going all out for the national schools title ,” said Collins, who was beaten in the quarter-finals last year.

Also in winning form in the NE finals for the Hammers was Gerald Saunders, who was cheered on by elder brother and former ABA finalist Luke, as he swept to the Class A 41.5kg award.

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Dagenham hope Liam Carter landed long range punches, but Saunders piled on the speedy shots to make sure of the title.

West Ham’s classy Michael Dunn clinched a good win over willing Repton rival Charles Scott in his Class B 48kg semi-final and was given a bye in the final.

But in the Class A 46kg final Freddie Moss from Bethnal Green’s Repton BC came through against West Ham entry Sean Galbraith.

Repton’s powerful squad swept to more than 20 NE London titles, but were tested by Newham rivals in keenly fought NE London title deciders.

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In a Class A 43kg contest Repton’s Levi Dighton eliminated Newham’s Matthew Tillett on a tight vote after some enthusiastic exchanges.

Inexperienced Mark Smith (Newham) also battled bravely, but lost against Repton’s Joseph Inman in a Class B 43kg clash.

George McGroary (Newham) found the target with solid shots as he tried to upset flashy Adam Mohammed (Repton), but slipped to a points defeat in the Class B 44.5kg final.

A high-standard Class B 50kg final saw Fairbairn BC hope Aryon Basi eliminated on a split vote against Repton’s Ronan DeCurdo.

But Fairbairn’s Class A 50kg entry Jay Basi clinched the NE title on a walkover and moves forward as the winners enter the London finals set for Grove Park TA Centre in Lewisham on May 2-3.

n Fight for Peace boxer Khalid Hakimi beat home club favourite Jordan Lupton on a recent Whistable show, coming from behind to clinch the verdict, landing last round body punches in a thrilling bout.

n There were good wins for Newham duo Tommy Tear and Frankie Monkhouse at the Camden Centre on Saturday night where both outpointed rivals on the Mickey Helliet promotion.

Peacock gym light-welterweight Tear continued his unbeaten run when outpointing tough northern campaigner William Warburton over six rounds for his second win of the year.

Warburton, who upset unbeaten prospect Georgie Kean at the Copper Box Arena last year, was subdued by sharp punching attacks as the 26-year old Tear clinched the verdict.

opular Newham-based Scot Monkhouse, who has his own betting website, returned to action with his points victory after almost a year on the sidelines.

Monkhouse, beaten in his York Hall appearance in May last year, came back against experienced Bognor Regis journeyman Liam Griffiths on the ‘Hellraiser’ promotion at Camden and shook off the ring rust to land the more effective shots in his four-round clash.

The 30-year old campaigner divides his time between London and Scotland where he trains with former British champ John Simpson.

And Monkhouse is aiming to keep busy with a ‘fight a month’ programme which continues with a bout at Greenock Town Hall on May 15.

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