West Ham hail national champion Coyle

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 May 2017

West Ham's Francie Coyle celebrates his national title

West Ham's Francie Coyle celebrates his national title


Young boxer lands England Minors title in Manchester

West Ham Boxing Club celebrated more national success as schoolboy Francie Coyle lifted the England Minors title in Manchester on Sunday.

Coyle clinched the 34kg award with a dramatic points win over Leighton Maher from Liverpool’s Gemini BC who had won seven of his eight previous bouts.

The young Hammer was first to settle, scoring with effective attacks to win the first round, but then allowed his rival to land his own solid shots and level the scores in the second.

However, following stinging words from coach Jason Bull, Coyle reacted with a storming third-round performance that proved decisive as he clinched the national award.

There was disappointment in the Minors 43kg final as Hammers Lewis Whelan Barone dropped a points verdict against talented North East Counties champion Brandon Hudson.

Hudson showed his class to come through some keenly fought exchanges, scoring with accurate shots to make sure of his title success.

And there was a setback for West Ham’s Prince Dubois in his final against Midlander Tom Maggs when he was disqualified for losing his gumshield.

Dubois had moved into the lead and looked set for a title success but after the gumshield fell out several times the referee applied the rules and signalled the end.

*Fairbairn BC boxer Jay Basi provided the highlight of the club’s recent dinner show with a fine win at Chigwell’s Prince Regent Hotel.

Basi’s clash with Five Star rival Shea Kappes provided non-stop action as the pair traded punches toe-to-toe, but Basi came through a good winner in the best bout of the evening.

Also entertaining the fans were Fairbairn’s Tarim Ulaq and Simon Baylis, who supplied more thrills before the home club boxer was named a deserved winner.

Clashes between the home boxers and Islington rivals provided plenty of action as Taps Makido lost to Connor Daley and Tahaa Riaz was outpointed by Emmanuel Ally.

Also outscored by an opponent from the north London club was Umar Khan, who dropped a majority verdict at the end of a closely fought clash against Dillon McDonagh.

Split verdicts went against Hamza Namajee in his bout with John Bignall (Repton) and Steve McDonagh, narrowly beaten by Zac Hurry (Horsham).

In a lively minors bout Kye Basi (Fairbairn) was outpointed by Charlie Saunders (St Mary’s).

Hillcrest boxer Eden Maitland came out on top against Fatjon Gola (Fairbairn).

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