Title joy for West Ham’s Connors
PUBLISHED: 10:30 28 February 2017
Youngster lifts London crown with stoppage
There was title delight for West Ham’s Patrick Connors as he lifted the London junior 66kg award at the Springwest Academy in Feltham on Sunday.
Connors opened his final with Nemesis boxer John Dibsdall well, shaking his rival as he landed solid punches in the first round exchanges.
And he stepped up the pace in the second session with more accurate attacks which forced the referee to intervene with a stoppage that clinched the Hammers title success.
Connors now moves forward into England boxing’s national quarter-final with club girl Caroline Dubois.
However for two other Hammers there was a disappoinment at Feltham as Harry Mehegan and Billy Roome both dropped points verdicts.
In a Cadet 44kg contest South London entry Joseph Coombes (Fisher BC) outpointed Roome, while Mehegan dropped a decision against Hamza Sherrif (East London BA) at 40kg.
Meanwhile, the Hammers made a road trip to appear on the Hastings West Hill show on Friday where Joshua Jarvis, Frankie Coyle and Roman Palmer were in winning form.
Unanimous points verdicts went in favour of Jarvis against Archie Fuller and Coyle who overcame Ben Moore with another good display.
Palmer took on a third rival from the Hastings club, Rhys O’Grady, and after a good first round scored a stoppage in the second session.
In a London Cadet 54kg final at Feltham there was a points defeat for Fairbairn’s Umar Khan against Patris Mughazai from Hooks BC.
The split decision against the Fairbairn boxer was a blow following the previous day’s success as Khan outpointed Repton rival Benny Eastwood.
There was also an exit for Jay Basi in his closely-fought Cadet 66kg contest against Joshua Shoyloye (White Hart Lane) as a split verdict went in favour of his rival, who earlier eliminated another Fairbairn entry Michael Maughan.
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