Menzies celebrates a win-double on his way to becoming champion
PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 November 2011
Cruiserweight Dan Menzies punched out a weekend win-double – coming through two tough contests to collect a London Novices’ ABA title at the Elmbridge Centre in Hainault.
Menzies, who boxes for Canning Town’s Peacock BC, clinched his final victory over big-punching Balham rival Tyrone Williams to move along the National title trail.
Menzies was certainly tested in his London final against his south London rival, who found the target with powerful rights in the first and third rounds.
However, the Peacock boxer took the shots well and fired back with his own power punches, forcing his opponent to hang on.
The judges were split at the final bell but a majority decision went in Menzies’ favour to send him into the National quarter-finals at Feltham, on November 26.
A day earlier he clinched his Class A 86kg semi-final victory over NW London winner Matt Preedy (Hayes BC) in another all-action contest.
The Hayes boxer tried to take Menzies out of his stride, but the Peacock club entry fired home the more effective punches to make sure of the points victory as all three judges named him the winner.
However, there was disappointment for another Peacock entry, Tony Stevens, when he dropped a points verdict to classy Islington boxer Jordan Grannum in the Class B 67kg section.
■ Fairbairn’s Mo Hassan claimed the London novices title in style, turning back the challenges of opponents from north and south London on successive days at the Elmbridge Centre Hainault at the weekend.
Classy Hassan moved through the Class A 67kg semi-final on Saturday against Alem Nirfan (Islington), boxing well at range to earn the unanimous verdict from the ringside judges.
The next day, Fisher’s tough Craig West made a determined effort to take the Fairbairn hope out of his stride, piling on the punches from the opening bell.
However, Hassan replied with stinging jabs to halt the Bermondsey club boxer’s advances and continued to find the target to increase his advantage until the final bell, for another unanimous points decision.
However, his clubmate Kamal Raji’s title bid ended in his final with Sands End BC rival Beau Tuveh. After a close Class B 71kg clash, the west London club boxer unleashed a battery of blows which sent Raji crashing in the final round, forcing the referee to call a halt.
In the Class A 63.6kg semi-final, Numan Qureshi (Fairbairn) lost the points decision against Steve Ahmed (Dale Youth).
■ Boston Reid won the London Novices Class A 60kg title in West Ham colours at the weekend with two wins at the Elmbridge Centre, Hainault.
He was drawn against Ali Kamakrishnalal from Fulham’s Sands End BC on Saturday and controlled the contest to take a well earned points victory.
In the final, he faced Umar Khawaji (Dale Youth) and his sharp combination punches saw him through against a dangerous rival as he boxed his way to a unanimous victory and a place in the National quarter-finals at Feltham on November 26.
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