West Ham trio hoping for London titles
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 March 2017
Boxers bidding for success on elite trail
West Ham BC’s Viddal Riley, Myles Cousins and Prince Brady enter the London ABA finals at Harrow on Thursday where they look to take a vital step on England Boxing’s Elite title trail.
Heavyweight Riley came through a London semi-final test last week, while welterweight Cousins scored two wins and 56kg entry Brady was given a walkover into his final.
Riley, a personal trainer at Stratford Gymbox, stole the show on the first night of the championships at Tottenham. winning an all-east London club battle against Repton’s Jacob Peterson.
Controlling the clash from the opening bell, the 19-year-old heavyweight – who won a European medal before being out of boxing through injury for two years – punished his game Repton rival.
Peterson powered forward, but walked into punches as Riley’s effective blows brought him a 5-0 victory on the judges cards and clinched the vote for the top bout of the night.
“You have to give Jacob a lot of credit, he kept up the pressure but I was landing the shots for a good win,” said Riley, who then watched Miguel Ben Vickers beat clubmate Ifeanyi Ndidi in the other 9lkg semi-final.
Hammers had a double entry in the 69kg section where Cousins and clubmate Jon Francois were both winners.
Newham Council plumber Cousins overcame long-armed IQ club rival Mateusz Stepien in a scrambling contest when he was good value for the 3-2 decision.
“He was so awkward and his head did some damage but I managed to land enough punches to clinch the win,” said Cousins, who then stepped up for semi-final action at the West Ham gym on Sunday where he punched out a unanimous decision for a repeat win over Islington rival Yassa Al-Ghena to book his final spot.
Francois pressed taller rival Inder Basi (Islington), taking long range blows but hammering home solid punches.
And improving Francois maintained the pressure as former junior star Bassi clearly felt the pace, with the Hammer taking a 3-2 verdict from the judges.
Francois then boxed in a Sunday semi-final where he was eliminated by another Islington entry Lamin Conteh who confirmed his final spot with a last-round effort.
Hammers Mo Yacqoubi was halted inside a minute by a powerful body shot from Louis Isaacs (Lion) after stepping up a division to enter at 64kg.
Isaacs, who eliminated Fairbairn’s Fatjon Gola the previous night, is back in boxing after a two-year break and moved into the London final against Elliot Whale (Nemesis).