Mighty Musa heads for the coast in search of gold
PUBLISHED: 12:50 08 December 2011
Fairbairn’s Musa Hassan heads for the south coast looking to claim a national title at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth on Saturday when he meets northern rival Bilal Rehman (Middleton) in the ABA novices finals.
The 24-year-old welterweight came through a tough semi-final test against hard hitting Courtney Frimpong (High Wycombe) in the Class A welterweight contest at the Elmbridge Centre Barkingside on Sunday.
Taller Hussan dictated the long-range exchanges against his aggresive rival to build up an early lead, but Frimpong narrowed the gap in the second session, slamming home solid rights.
The Fairbairn club hope regained control in the final round, shaking his tiring rival with the more accurate attacks, and completed a points victory – winning 11-8 on the official scorecard.
■ Newham BC prospect Alfie Mehegan put another good win on his record when his club ended the year on a high note with a successful tournament at the East Ham Working Men’s Club on Friday.
The bright hope was tested by Finchley BC rival Jimmy Bradley, but found the target with his accurate attacks to build up a points advantage which brought the judges’ decision at the final bell.
Also winning in Newham colours, Kane Wilson-Stroud boxed well to outpoint Keith Constantinou (Finchley) while Alf Larkin piled up the points to earn the verdict against Southend’s Billy Ahmed.
In all-local clashes, George Egorov was also a Newham winner with a sharp-hitting display beating local rival Tony Collinson (West Ham), while Faheem Ali produced effective attacks for another home win against Steve Lawrence (Peacock).
Kieran Desmond was a West Ham winner when he outscored tough Hooks BC rival Frank McDonagh.
Top Newham boxer of the night award went to Jack Noakes, who faced Martin Mooney (St Ives), a rival boosted by a recent win over two outstanding schoolboy champions, but it was Noakes who produced superb form to take the verdict – and the special trophy.
There was mixed success for the home club boxers against south London club rivals as David Holmes outpointed Chris Myles (Fitzroy Lodge), but senior Imran Hussain dropped a tight verdict to Chris McKenzie from Croydon’s McKenzies BC.
Losing to local rivals were home club boxers Dean Gunning, outpointed by Tony Driscoll (Five Star) and Rees Fleet who lost to Brian Gurr (Hornchurch).
Fast-moving Tony Buttergieg from Poplar’s Lansbury BC outscored Newham’s aggressive Gerald Naziri and Rob Robinson (St Ives) also took the verdict against Charlie Pearman (Newham).
Fight for Peace bantamweight Khalid Hakimi put another win on his record when he outpointed Alfie Hall (Marvels Lane) at Catford on Friday.
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