Record-breaking referee Samuel is set to make his boxing debut for the Hammers

PUBLISHED: 10:44 13 October 2011

The worlds youngest referee Samuel Cox is pictured with his father Bil

The worlds youngest referee Samuel Cox is pictured with his father Bil


West Ham Boxing Club welcome a world record breaker who is due to make his debut in club colours this weekend – Samuel Cox, who earlier this year was acclaimed the world’s youngest referee when he officiated at Romford as a 16-year-old.

While progressing through the ABA route to qualify as a judge and referee, he has continued his boxing career and joins the Plaistow-based club after switching from the Lion BC in Hoxton.

He is scheduled for action as a member of the Hammers squad launching the bid for honours at the start of the NACYP tournament – the National Boys’ Club Championships.

The tournament gets underway at Harlow on Saturday when the London area boxers will be entered in the preliminary contests under the Essex County Area.

The draw will be decided when the official weigh-in takes place at the Dagenham Boxing club tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

The teenager is the latest member of a unique east London boxing dynasty, following in the footsteps of his father Bill Cox junior who was an international referee before becoming a leading International Amateur Boxing Association official.

Bill’s climb up the international ladder was preceded by his own father, the late Bill Cox senior, the one-time docks worker who became ABA secretary and a leading international official.

Now Hammers’ recruit Samuel aims to follow them to the top and has set his sights on earning a place at a future Olympic Games either as a boxer or official.

■ West Ham BC stage their first show of the new season at their regular venue – East Ham WMC on Friday night.

West Ham and Newham BC prospects are named on the bill and boxing starts at 7.30pm. Tickets, £10 for adults, £5 concessions, are available on the door.

■ Newham debut boy Jack Noakes pulled off an outstanding win in the colours of his new club when he travelled to the Hooks BC show and defeated home club star Harry Connelly on Saturday night.

Noakes, who boxed at Dagenham BC last season, lost in the London Schools’ final to Connelly, who went on to win the national award and a three-nations title in Cardiff this year.

He took the chance to face his conqueror on the west London show in his first appearance in Newham colours and rose to the occasion in style with a sparkling performance.

He took control of the contest with solid punching attacks to subdue the home club boxer, and although Connelly made a brave effort to turn the bout his way, it was Noakes who clinched a well-earned revenge victory.

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