Super Saturday in store for title hopes
PUBLISHED: 09:00 04 December 2015
Upton and Taylor chasing belts
Local light-welterweight duo Antony Upton and Ryan Taylor both seek career-best wins on Saturday night as they hunt title success 150 miles apart.
Chasing the English title and unbeaten in 11 fights, Upton faces Wiltshire’s tough former ABA titleholder Joe Hughes in Walsall.
Upton is one of three brothers who formerly boxed at West Ham BC, but are now carving out successful pro careers under the guidance of ex-world champion Ricky Hatton.
Antony cheered brothers Sonny and Paul to clear wins at York Hall 11 days ago and has played a key role in the clan’s successful run.
“Sonny won an English title eliminator at York Hall so I have to win on Saturday and be the first to take the title,” he said.
His last six fights have yielded three stoppage wins alongside three points verdicts, without him dropping a single round.
Rival Hughes, an aggressive 25-year-old, has suffered just one single-point defeat in 14 fights and won the English title when beating Anthony Hardy in July.
Taylor, meanwhile, is confident he can bounce back from two York Hall setbacks this year and upset Day, who is now a London gym owner.
“The Area belt means a lot to me. Ben Day has a good record, but I am sure over 10 rounds I will prove superior,” said the 27-year-old.
Stratford cruiserweight prospect Jose Lopes looks for his fifth straight win when he appears on the Goodwin promotion which also includes the Area heavyweight title duel between Ali Adams and Dominic Akinlade.
Also appearing on the packed Goodwin show are Wadi Camacho, Matt McCarthy, John Garton, Tyler Goodjohn and John O’Donnell.
*Former West Ham amateur star Lucien Reid faces his third pro test on the Carl Greaves dinner show at Grays Civic Hall tomorrow (Thursday) alongside stablemate Tony Conquest, Paul Hilz, Idris Hill and Paul Southwick.
*Newham hope Jimmy Sains booked his place in the NABGC finals at Portsmouth on Saturday with a fine win at the same venue last weekend.
Sains eliminated tough Class A 48kg rival Joe Tobin (Wales) in a keenly-fought semi-final to continue his winning form.
Meanwhile, West Ham’s Tony O’Driscoll waited for several hours to face Welsh rival Harley Griffiths in a 63kg encounter — only to find his rival had not brought a correct gumshield and could not box.
Both local clubs had good winners at Northolt on Friday where Newham’s Harry Mehegan impressed as he outpointed the home club’s Gerry Irons.
West Ham’s Alex Boyce scored his second win for the club outpointing experienced Joe Ross, while Tony O’Brien made a winning debut for the Hammers outpointing Kashif Tabib
On Saturday at the Smallholdings show in Tooting Javade Skeete powered to a stoppage win over home rival Harry Smith and prospect Jimmy Taylor impressed in a skills bout.