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Stablemates set sights on more success

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 September 2015

Ohara Davies hits out on his way to victory at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

Ohara Davies hits out on his way to victory at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

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Sims-trained fighters shine in capital

Anthony Joshua celebrates winning the Commonwealth heavyweight title after a first-round knockout of Gary Cornish at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)Anthony Joshua celebrates winning the Commonwealth heavyweight title after a first-round knockout of Gary Cornish at the O2 Arena (pic: Lawrence Lustig)

It’s onwards and upwards for Anthony Joshua and the other winners from the O2 Arena on Saturday as they anticipate more action in the weeks ahead.

It was a successful night for the fighters trained by east London’s Sims brothers, with the Tony Sims-trained Joshua, Ohara Davies and Ted Cheeseman, all blasting quick wins on the show, while Peter Sims was happy to see former ABA champion Lucien Reid add a second victory to his pro record.

Joshua hammered previously unbeaten Scot Gary Cornish inside 100 seconds to win the Commonwealth heavyweight title and gets a December date with his amateur conqueror Dillian Whyte at the same venue.

“I am looking foward to settling an old score – with the British title at stake,” said Joshua.

Promoter Eddie Hearn, never slow to beat the publicity drum, predicts ‘a certain sell-out’ for the fight with Whyte, who halted American Brian Minto at the O2.

Also looking for a title contest before the end of the year is heavy-handed ex-Repton lightweight Davies, who handed French rival Dame Seck his first knockout in 20 fights.

It was an eighth straight victory for Ohara as his clubbing punches decked his opponent to earn a third-round stoppage.

“I want to be a champion before the end of the year,” said the 23-year-old Davies.

New pro Cheeseman displayed his punch power as he hammered a two-round win over Hungarian Gabor Ambrus after former West Ham amateur Reid opened the show by outpointing Spaniard Samuel Escobar 40-37, coming back strongly after being shaken in the second round.

There were also good wins for east London-based Tommy Martin and Cassius Connor.

Martin came through a tough battle with Michael Devine who was rescued by the referee in round 10, while Connor won a hard fought clash with Ricky Boylan on points.

n*ith a famous world champion like Ricky Hatton in your corner you should be inspired to win titles and the band of brothers in the Upton clan aim to follow their mentor’s road to glory.

Anthony, Paul and Sonny Upton blossomed as amateurs at West Ham BC, before moving to Ireland and winning amateur awards in Dublin and Belfast.

They switched to the paid ranks and are back living locally, but head for the Manchester training camp of former two time world champion Hatton.

“There’s a great atmosphere with the boys at the gym – they are like a family to me and working so hard to become champions,” said Hatton, with the trio back in action on Saturday’s Goodwin promotion at York Hall in six-round bouts against selected opponents.

But there is no doubt they will be looking for title bouts in the months ahead and 27-year-old Paul said: “We’d like to start with Irish titles and go on to bigger things.”

After nine straight wins in the lightweight division Anthony, 23, is more direct, adding: “I want to be a world champion.”

Light-middleweight Paul had eight wins to his name to date and the usually packed Goodwin bill has more than a dozen bouts listed, topped by an English title eliminator between Johnny Garton and Martin Welsh.

Also set to feature are Chris Evangelou, Dominic Akinlade, Joe Butler, Kay Prospere, Ryan Davies and Michael Peart.


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