Upton upset at missing out on title

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 March 2017

The Upton Clan with trainer Barry Smith

The Upton Clan with trainer Barry Smith


Super-welterweight edged out by Manchester rival

Newham's Ismaeel Islam celebrates his Alliance Boxing national titleNewham's Ismaeel Islam celebrates his Alliance Boxing national title

Sonny Upton is convinced he did enough to win the English super-welterweight belt at Manchester on Friday night but ringside judges disagreed and Matt Ryan took the vacant title.

One judge voted the fight a 96-96 draw while others gave it to Ryan 97-93 and 96-95 to cost Upton a history-making win to match brother Paul’s Irish title success at the same weight.

“I know I won that fight now I just hope Matt is a man of his word and gives me the rematch he promised,” said Upton, a member of the London/Irish fighting clan trained by Barry Smith at the West Ham gym.

The fans who witnessed the all-action clash certainly enjoyed the duel and would welcome a return between the well-matched super welterweight rivals.

Upton landed some telling shots in the closely fought exchanges and clearly thinks he had extended his eight-fight winning run, but home-town boxer Ryan took the verdict and the English title.

*Newham BC entry Ismaeel Islam captured Alliance Boxing’s National junior 52kg award at Lewisham on Saturday with a good win over Eltham’s Frankie Potter.

Landing effective shots, Bow schoolboy Islam built up a points advantage over the south London club hope to make sure of a title success just a few weeks after coming back form a leg injury.

There was a setback for West Ham junior Patrick Connors, though, following the last-minute cancellation of England Boxing’s junior finals scheduled for Basildon on Saturday and Sunday.

Serious threats of violence convinced Essex Police authorities to call off the event and Connors must wait for the chance in the rescheduled tournament which may now take place behind closed doors in Sheffield.

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