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West Ham youngsters impress on club show

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 March 2017

West Ham youngster Harry Penny

West Ham youngster Harry Penny

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Boxers enjoy success at Fight for Peace gym

West Ham BC prospects impressed on their show at the Fight for Peace gym in North Woolwich on Saturday.

Harry Penny finally had his debut after patiently waiting five years in the club nursery and turned on the power, taking just a minute to halt Hastings rival Archie Fuller.

It’s now four wins in a row for Hammers Francie Coyle, who was appearing in his second bout of the week and outpointed Northolt boxer Jimmy McDonagh.

Paddy Connors, in only his second bout, faced a big test against the more experienced Nelson Buckland (Chalvedon), but took a unanimous vote after toe-to-toe exchanges.

And another schoolboy prospect, Brendon Doyle, returned after nearly a year without a bout to dominated his 72kg contest with Levi Boswell (Eastern ABC) for a unanimous win.

There were points defeats for Roman Palmer and Prince Dubois against rivals from Northolt and Moneyfields.

*Patrick Connors (West Ham) continued his progress along the National title trail when beating Sam King (Hoddesdon) in the Junior ABA quarter-finals on Sunday.

Tough rival King pushed Connors all the way, but the West Ham club entry landed the effective punches to win every round and book his semi-final place.

*England Boxing’s Elite championship – the old ABA title race – gets underway this week with the London title battles renewing the West Ham v Repton rivalry.

The long time east London rivals will both be chasing honours as the championships start at the Tottenham Centre tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday, with the finals taking place at Harrow Leisure Centre on March 30.

And the standout clash is the heavyweight meeting between multi-titled rivals Viddal Riley (West Ham) and Jacob Peterson (Repton), who won junior and NACYP titles earlier in his career and had successful spells at Cheshunt and Finchley before recently joining the Bethnal Green club.

Riley also wore Repton colours before moving on to Newham and then joining West Ham where he reaped a trophy haul including national honours and a European junior medal.

West Ham’s Prince Brady gets a bye through to the 56kg finals, with two other entries boxing in a semi-final, while Mo Yacqoubi goes through to the semi-finals on Friday in a 64kg section which also includes former Peacock boxer Fatjon Gola, who is now at Fairbairn and is due to box in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

There are two Hammers at 69kg where Jon Francois and Myles Cousins enjoy byes into Friday’s action in a crowded section, with four other entries booked for preliminaries the previous night.

At 81kg, Luke Saunders returns to action in Dagenham colours, having won a string of titles with the Hammers before a two-year lay-off.

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