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Hammers cheer hat-trick of national titles

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 December 2016

West Ham's Patrick Connors, Jason Bull and Tony O'Brien

West Ham's Patrick Connors, Jason Bull and Tony O'Brien

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Young boxers add to honour roll

West Ham's Michael Cash celebrates with Richard Cousins and Tony GriffithsWest Ham's Michael Cash celebrates with Richard Cousins and Tony Griffiths

It proved to be a superb day for West Ham BC at the National Association of Boys and Girls’ Club (NABG) Championship finals in Bristol as Patrick Connors, Tony O’Brien and Michael Cash all lifted titles on Sunday.

Connors launched the Hammers title march with an impressive winning performance against Manchester’s Samson Burton in the Class A 63kg final.

The young Hammer set up his success by finding the target with slick shots as he repeatedly beat the Jimmy Egans club boxer – who is a first cousin of former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury – to the punch.

O’Brien also sparkled on the big day as he dominated Liverpudlian Jack Shea for all three rounds of their Class A 66kg final.

West Ham’s O’Brien maintained his improvement throughout his title campaign and stepped up again to finish a worthy winner and national champion.

Cash also rose to the occasion in style when he was paired with Hartlepool’s England choice Jack Carter – a five-time national finalist – in the Class B 66kg final.

The pair produced a top quality encounter, which was dominated by the effective left jab of the West Ham boxer that subdued his more experienced rival as he gave a title-winning display.

However, there was a final setback for Hammers as Viddal Riley was outpointed in the 91kg final at Wycombe on Thursday by Midlander Ryan Hatton, who was winning his sixth national crown.

The 19-year-old Riley – a former European Junior silver medalist on the comeback trail after taking a break from boxing – lost the judges’ verdict after a high-class final between two bright heavyweight hopes.

But the east London club were still able to celebrate a memorable hat-trick of wins in the west country at the weekend.

Back on the home front, the Hammers contingent will be planning to round off 2016 in style with some good performances on their own show at the East Ham Working Men’s Club tomorrow (Thursday) night.

Around a dozen bouts have been lined up on a promising tournament card, with home boxers including Bradley Stone, Harry Penny and Roman Palmer all matched on the programme, starting at 7.30pm.


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