Newham Boxing Club youngsters land quadruple

PUBLISHED: 13:30 15 February 2017

Newham's Emmanuel Buttigieg, Bailey Pollard, Mikey Connors and Francis Cooper celebrate their wins

Newham's Emmanuel Buttigieg, Bailey Pollard, Mikey Connors and Francis Cooper celebrate their wins


Awesome foursome clinch Alliance titles

Newham BC celebrated a quadruple of wins at the Alliance National Schools’ finals at Feltham as Emmanuel Buttigieg, Mikey Connors, Francis Cooper and Bailey Pollard came through winners on Saturday.

One of the clubs to switch to the newly formed Alliance group from the Amateur Boxing Association, Newham welcomed the success to add to their lengthy list of national winners.

Buttigieg launched the Newham win parade with a sparkling performance against final rival Al Kearns (Medway) in their Minor 44kg meeting.

The Newham boxer underlined his improvement as he dominated the long-range exchanges, landing effective blows on his way to the title.

Connors followed up his semi-final success at Grove Park a week earlier with another dominant display in his Class One 32kg final against Royston BC competitor Ted Smith.

The duo produced some keenly fought exchanges, but Connors came through against a good rival with effective attacks to set up the title success.

Pollard chalked up another good win for the east London club, building his advantage against Kemsing BC opponent John Phillips in the opening exchanges of their Class Two 36kg final.

And he continued to land the telling shots to make sure of the verdict from the ringside judges and claim the national award.

Class Two 44kg entry Cooper came through against Bradley Corcoran, one of the 11 strong final line-up from Kensington’s Dale Youth BC.

The Newham entry landed the more effective punches in a keenly-fought clash to clinch the verdict and complete the club’s four out of four victory parade.

n Peacock super-heavyweight Ivo Adiefe was a good winner on the Broad Street show at the Troxy in Stepney on Friday where the Canning Town club registered two wins in three bouts.

Adiefe and home club rival Mayova Olusanya swapped solid shots in a crowd-pleasing clash, but it was the Peacock boxer scoring with the more effective punches to clinch a unanimous decision from the ringside judges.

Also winning for the Canning Town club was Shaj Imran, who dictated the exchanges against Broad Street rival Michael Okuwanu to record another Peacock win.

However the result was reversed in a meeting between home club’s Adam Bylina and Peacock’s Matthew Butler when the verdict went in favour of the Broad Street boxer.

Unbeaten Newham boxers Robin Dupre and Jose Lopes are back in action at York Hall and looking to press their title ambitions.

Dupre is unbeaten in 11 bouts and launches the action with his latest outing against Greek rival Dimitrios Neroutsos on the Mick Helliet-Mark Prior promotion on Saturday.

With his 30th birthday coming just three days after the fight, Dupre is anxious to break into the title bracket this year and knows he must maintain winning form.

Meanwhile, Stratford cruiserweight Lopes is booked for a March 11 show staged by Goodwin Promotions matchmaker Kevin Campion.

Lopes, a 26-year-old with seven straight wins to his credit, meets Willesden rival Ossie Jervier and looks for another win to press his title claims.

A week after that date Wadi Camacho meets Karl Wheeler for the vacant Southern Area cruiserweight title and the winner looks an obvious target for Dupre and Lopes.

Dupre is featured on a packed programme at York Hall on Saturday which is headed by the Southern Area welterweight title duel between Asinia Byfield and John Brennan.

Unbeaten prospects Onder Ozgul, Joshua Ejakpovi and Kian Thomas are also named on show that includes former world title challenger George Jupp.

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