Peacock star Thun produces ‘best yet’

PUBLISHED: 10:30 10 June 2015

Christian Thun celebrates his win at Barking's open-air show

Christian Thun celebrates his win at Barking's open-air show


Giant German sees off rival Ngwenga

Towering giant Christian Thun returned to his home in Germany last week after the best win of his career, beating ABA National finalist Natty Ngwenga on the Peacock club open air show in Barking.

The six feet seven inches tall Thun, who works for his father’s engineering company, vowed he will be back at the Canning Town club he first joined when he was a student in London.

He will return with the aim of winning a ABA super-heavyweight title in 2016 and looks well on course after the way he defeated the highly-rated Army boxer.

Ngwenga lost on points to Frazer Clark in this year’s Elite final, but had won his 18 previous bouts and upset number two and number three seeds Declan Fusco and Addas Ababi on the title trail.

The stocky, well-muscled Army champion had problems with his taller rival who was able to score points at long range with his effective jabbing.

Thun also showed his durability as he held his own in some lively toe-to-toe exchanges as he was caught by heavy hooks, but fired back with powerful shots.

The clash proved a real thriller with a split verdict going to the Peacock boxer who was also awarded a special belt as the best super-heavyweight winner on the day while loser Ngwenga had to rush to Birmingham to act as best man at a friend’s wedding!

Other Peacock boxers in winning form at the tournament, which attracted a good crowd at the Barking United Services club, were Eugene Ugorji and Claudio Paulo.

Ugorji boxed well to overcome tough Fisher rival Tad Magbagbusa after a keenly fought clash.

Meanwhile, the popular Paulo earned the cheers of his following with accurate shots in his clash with Finchley rival Alex Zendra and followed up with another good win in Ireland on Saturday.

Paulo was a guest member of a Barking BC group in Bangor, where they boxed on Saturday night’s Abbey Club tournament.

And he impressed against his experienced Romanian rival Ben Tudoran, landing effective long range punches to take the first round honours.

Stepping up the pace in the second round he shook the home boxer with solid hooks and landed more effective blows before the bout was stopped in Paulo’s favour.

Another Newham boxer in the visiting squad, Blerim Pjetri, gave his usual aggressive display but Abbey favourite John Joe Kelly took Pjetri’s best shots and the decision after countering well.

•There’s more than a hint of the Hammers as Sam McNess prepares to make his pro debut on the Andy Ayling promotion at York Hall on Friday night.

The multi-titled ex-GB amateur is an avid West Ham fan and is trained by father-and-son duo Jimmy and Mark Tibbs at the West Ham BC gym.

McNess followed his own father Steve from the Repton club into the pro game and has title ambitions as he launches his pro career in a four-rounder against Hull campaigner Paul O’Brien.

“Turning pro was something I’ve always wanted to do and I’ve been training for the last six months with Mark Tibbs who with his dad Jimmy are probably the most knowledgeable team in British boxing. I couldn’t have asked for more,” said McNess.

• Feature fight on Friday sees Miles Shinkwin face Hungarian Bela Juhasz and another light heavyweight, Anthony Yarde, looks forward to his second pro bout.

Big hitting Yarde who won his pro debut in just two rounds at Wembley in May is trained by Tunde Ajayi at the Peacock gym and faces another four rounder on Friday’s bill.

Former Commonwealth cruiser champion Tony Conquest looks to get back in the title picture with a good win on on the show that also features unbeaten prospect Gary Corcoran.

Light welter Billy Bird, light middle Zack Davies, super featherweights Boy Jones jnr and Leon Woodstock, plus showy flyweight Prince Patel are featured on the promising bill.

The following night at York Hall Goodwin promotions return with a busy night of four round action featuring Robert Asagba, Ciaran Bates, Josh Kennedy, Jordan Joseph, Ashley Sexton and David Abraham.

Also named on Saturday’s packed programme are: Ollie Pinnock, Sohail Ahmad, Matthew Chanda, Max Lovell and Joe McCrory.

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