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Newham prospects make their Mark

PUBLISHED: 13:00 15 April 2015

Newham's Mark Smith impressed in his latest outing at East Ham WMC

Newham's Mark Smith impressed in his latest outing at East Ham WMC

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Smith leads way at East Ham WMC

Kevin Mitchell is preparing for a world title showdown in May (pic: Lawrence Lustig)Kevin Mitchell is preparing for a world title showdown in May (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Newham BC prospects showed their form on the club show at East Ham WMC on Friday and can now look forward to launching their England Schools’ bids this week.

The top performance at the tournament was produced by Mark Smith, who is among those entering the schools title race, as he showed promising form against Southend rival Colin Brook.

The Newham youngster dominated the clash with well-placed punches to make sure of the decision and was later named the best home boxer of the show.

Also turning back the challenge of a rival from Southend was Newham’s National Schools’ winner Alfie Mehegan, who dominated the exchanges with Amir Shimak for a good points win.

Two other home club boxers, Matthew Tillett and Khalid Ali, came through contests against opponents from the Dale Youth club with good points wins.

Tillett, another schools entry this week, was good value for his victory over Mark Corcoran and Ali took a majority verdict at the end of a keenly-fought clash with Ray Cunningham.

Newham’s Fred Pullen, a signing from Horcnchurch BC, showed good form when outpointing Vange rival Alby Hill.

And there was also a good win for home club boxer John McDonagh, who came through his clash with Reading’s Hamza Abbas for a points verdict.

But Newham’s Taylor Barnard finished on the wrong end of a points decision in his clash with Finchley’s Patrick Boyce.

West Ham and Newham boxers launch their bid for England Schools’ honours at the NE London Championships at two venues this week.

In the Newham line-up are Nelson Smith, Harry Mehegan, Matthew Tillett, Mark Smith and George McGroary.

West Ham enter Billy Roome, Gerald Saunders, Lee Collins, Michael Dunn, Pat O’Driscoll, Sean and Pat Galbraith.

The semi-finals take place at Waltham Forest Boxing Club tomorrow (Thursday, 7.30pm), with the winners heading for the finals at the Isaac Newton Academy Centre, Cricklefield Place, Ilford, IG1 1FY on Saturday (11.30am).

n Kevin Mitchell flies out to Texas today (Wednesday) to continue his preparations for his WBC world lightweight title contest against Venezuelan Jorge Linares at London’s 02 Arena on May 30.

Mitchell confidently predicts a knockout win as he travels for a training camp with gym-mate and former foe Ricky Burns ahead of the Scot’s clash with Omar Figueroa in Texas on May 9.

“This is the making of my career. I will knock Linares out,” said Mitchell.

The clash is one of three world title fights at the O2, as Kell Brook risks his IBF welterweight belt against Frankie Gavin and Lee Selby challenges Evgeny Gradovich for the IBF featherweight crown.

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua faces his toughest pro test against former world title challenger Kevin Johnson on the show that includes the pro debut of Lucien Reid - a former amateur star at West Ham like Mitchell.

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