March 10 2014 Latest news:
Len Whaley, Boxing Correspondent
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Two juniors from the West Ham boxing club were in fine form at the weekend.
West Ham juniors Alfie Price and Charlie Driscoll sparkled as they recorded double victories to take London ABA Junior titles at the Park Community School, Dagenham on Saturday.
They join the parade of the club’s national junior title chasers heading for the pre-quarter-final tournament between London and Home Counties winners at Oxford on Sunday, April 10.
Price was drawn against Karl Sarpong in the Class Five 60kg semi-final, and the classy West Ham boxer relied on his quick-fire counter-punches and speedy footwork to take the verdict.
He faced Islington’s Anthony Ward in the final, and once again controlled the bout, landing precise counter-punches to clinch the points victory and the London title.
Clubmate Driscoll also boxed twice to take the London Class Six 6.57kg title, beating Lewis Stanley of Dale Youth in his semi-final, working well to his head and body.
In the final, Driscoll faced awkward Islam Saum of Big T, but slowed his mobile rival down, landing shots to both head and body for a points win.
Khaliq Miah faced Dale Youth’s John McFadyen in the Class Five 70kg final.
After a close first round, Miah stepped up the pace, applying constant pressure and scoring well to both head and body to take the verdict.
Myles Cousins won on points against Leo Gowan in the Class Six 60kg final. The West Hammer picked his shots well to take the points victory and London title.
Lucien Reid was also a London title winner, in the Class Six 54kg final against Jay Williams of Northolt.
Making his club debut, Reid boxed well on his back foot never allowing Williams to get into his rhythm.
Jimmy Smith won on points against Haisham Ali of Big T in the Class Six 75kg final. Smith took the bout to his rival, going through the middle of Ali’s swinging punches to land with straight shots.
Douglas Doherty lost on a close points decision in his Class Four 66kg semi-final to Yaya Chelli of Dale Youth.
West Ham pair Tom Beaney, at 63kg, and Luke Saunders, at 66kg, received walkovers in Class Five.
Kieran Desmond, the 11-year-old West Ham youngster, impressed as he outpointed Bradley Hottom (Romford) at the Lion show on Friday.
■ Peacock BC prospect Otuo Saba was eliminated from the ABA junior title trail on a points vote in the London final, staged at the Park Community School, Dagenham on Saturday.
Saba showed his skills in a high standard duel with Lynn’s reigning national title-holder Jerry McDonough, and Peacock trainer Babatunde Ajayi described the decision as ‘diabolical’ – while other ringside watchers found it hard to separate the talented pair.
It was also the end of the line for another Peacock boxer, Shayn Shah, who gave a plucky performance against more experienced Martin McDonagh (Stowe) in the Class Four 60kg final, but lost the verdict.