Plenty to cheer about as local boxers clinch ABA awards

PUBLISHED: 16:35 01 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:35 01 May 2013

Reptons Jimmy Smith has booked his place in the national quarter-finals

Reptons Jimmy Smith has booked his place in the national quarter-finals


Repton and West Ham boxers had plenty to celebrate at the London Junior ABA finals at Feltham on Sunday, writes Len Whaley.

A 10-strong band headed to the event, with three former national schools’ champions clinching their first ABA awards.

Hammers’ duo Charlie Kenny and Viddal Riley booked their places in the national quarter-finals on May 11, along with Repton’s Jimmy Smith.

The hard-hitting Kenny produced the power to finish his 54kg battle with Earlsfield rival Usef David in the opening round, when a solid left hook to the body finished the south Londoner.

Riley, back on the title trail after a two-year lay-off, was tested by strong Dale Youth opponent, Daniel Dubois, but also came through with a points verdict at the end of their 80kg clash.

Smith’s battle with Islington rival Ben Turner was a keenly fought affair between talented rivals, but it was the Repton boxer who clinched the verdict and the title.

Repton’s Sunny Edwards turned on the power in the second round of his Class Five 48kg final to halt All Stars’ Kevin O’Donnell, and Jordan Flynn outscored Haringey rival Dave Kamara for the 63kg honours.

Miley Doran recovered from taking a first-round count in his Class Four 50kg clash to beat Frankie Barrett (Hooks) on a split decision, and there was a third-round win for Hammers’ Jordan Reynolds, who stopped Finchley’s Yasa Geyna in their Class Six clash.

Clubmate Charlie Stevens was edged out after a thrilling encounter with Fisher’s multi-titled Ted Cheeseman, while Lansbury prospect Tony Buttigiey dropped a decision against Finchley’s Zac Chaima.

Other results – Class Four: A Smith (Repton) lost pts Z Chelli (Dale Youth); Class Five: D Drew (West Ham) lost pts H Connolly (Hooks); E Delaney (West Ham) w/o; Class Six: R Thrower (Repton) lost pts D Arnold (Islington); H Horn and J Branch (Repton) w/o.

■ Repton boxers head north to fight a local team in Sunderland on Friday night with six juniors and four seniors in their 10-strong squad.

■ Peacock BC welterweight Claudio Paolo needed just 30 seconds to earn a knockout win over Jersey’s Ben Monrow, finishing his rival with a powerful right hook.

But clubmate Alex Stevens dropped a decision against local rival Reece Legge in the Channel Islands tournament.

■ Repton prospect Gary Haffanden headed the club’s six-hit success night at the East Ham Working Men’s Club on Friday, when he defeated Dave Rushton (Hooks).

Haffanden, the latest member of the Beck family to shine in club colours, followed the success of his cousins and uncle with a promising display as he subdued a useful rival.

Frank Baker outpointed Ken Nevlin (Swale) and Ty Campbell was a winner against John Mongan (Northolt), while Shaheed Ali Subhani defeated Jon Williams (Bishops Stortford) and Joseph Doran outpointed Neil Mungely (Hooks).

Hamed Gallow stepped up the pace in the third round to halt Pat Guilford (Fitzroy Lodge), while Thomas Rolf dropped a narrow verdict against Terry Hearn (Trumpington).

Repton newcomers Tommy Doran, Trev Grant and Roberto Lacourt all featured in skills bouts on the show.

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