Hammer Lucien’s championship hopes ended after his shock quarter-final defeat
PUBLISHED: 10:17 29 March 2012
Lucien Reid’s bold bid to join the exclusive band of boxers who have won ABA elite titles in their first senior season ended when he lost a close points decision in the quarter-finals at Hornchurch on Saturday.
The West Ham bantamweight, who has had just four senior bouts – all on the national title trail inside two hectic weeks – lost a majority verdict to experienced South Oxhey campaigner Reece Bellotti in the quarter-finals.
The judges’ decision shocked 18-year-old Reid, who was confident at the end of the bout that he had done enough to earn his place in the semi-finals at Sudbury this weekend.
“I had a good last round and I thought that had clinched the verdict – I was shocked when the decision went against me,” he explained.
The Hammer built up an early lead with his fast-punching attacks and movement around the ring to frustrate his powerful rival in the bantamweight quarter-final.
The aggressive Bellotti, a loser by a single point to the Army’s former ABA champion Adam Whitfield in the 2011 semi-finals, came more into the contest in the second round with his non-stop attacks bringing him back into the contest.
The third round provided some thrilling exchanges as the South Oxhey hope maintained the punching pressure, but was shaken by the sharp replies from the West Ham boxer who found the target with long range jabs and effective uppercuts at close quarters.
Hammers’ fans thought Reid’s late flurries had swayed the bout his way, but the tight verdicts of the judges gave the decision and the semi-final place to Bellotti.
However, his defeat is not the end of the National title trail for the Hammers – with light-flyweight Jack Malik moving through to the semi-finals on a walkover.
Malik, who has not boxed since winning a close verdict over Luuqman Patel (Earlsfield) in the London ABA finals, looks set for another walkover into the National finals at York Hall on Friday, April 13.
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