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Boxing: Dagenham quartet on national title trail

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 October 2017

Dagenham youngsters Ray Howell and Billy Adams with club coaches

Dagenham youngsters Ray Howell and Billy Adams with club coaches

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Dagenham Boxing Club will have four of their members in action in the national rounds of the England Development Championships later this month.

Regional finals were held at Feltham’s Springwest Academy at the weekend, when Billy Adams and Ray Howell earned wins to join Clarissa Rougier and Bailey Wallace in the next stage,

Adams beat Lansbury’s Amaan Khayer on a unanimous points decision in their junior Class A 48kg encounter.

The young Dagger used his hand speed and fast footwork to outfox his less-experienecd rival, who struggled to stay with the pace as Adams won all three rounds.

Howell was involved in a very tough, close-fought battle but earned a majority decision over East London Boxing Academy’s Dawood Noaman in their junior Class A 66kg contest.

The power of Howell clealry troubled Noaman, who tried to outwork the Dagenham hopeful at long range.

And Howell was able to land the better combinations as he finished strongly to claim a split verdict by a 4-1 margin.

Adams and Howell are waiting to find out who they will face from the Western Counties region at the national quarter-finals in Truro, Cornwall on Saturday week (October 14).

Rougier is the reigning National champion and looks to repeat her success in the Senior Female Class B cateegory against Southern Counties champion Katie Smith (Gosport ABC) at an unconfirmed venue on the weekend of October 28/29.

Wallace is Dagenham’s least experienced entry, but looks to be a fantastic prospect and meets Western Counties champion Amelia Jarvis (Mayflower ABC) in a Class A 50kg national semi-final at Worcester on October 22.

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