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Dagenham BC winners warm up on dinner show

13:30 15 February 2017

Dagenham's Adrian Lionel, Luke Johnson, coach John O'Brien, Abdoul Chakour-Toure and Waqar Rafiq at Bristol

Dagenham's Adrian Lionel, Luke Johnson, coach John O'Brien, Abdoul Chakour-Toure and Waqar Rafiq at Bristol

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Trio enjoy success at Bluelight event in Bristol

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Dagenham boxers warmed up for their own show at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road on Friday with three winners at Bristol last weekend.

They appeared on the annual Bluelight charity dinner show where they were one of four clubs benefitting from the proceeds on a night that attracted over 500 diners.

A new arrival from Repton, Abdoul Chakour-Toure, made a winning start for Daggers, landing heavy body shots as he controlled his clash with Mantas Lenkauskas (Empire BC) to take the verdict.

And Waqar Rafiq bounced back from his debut defeat last week, landing speedy attacks for a hard-fought points win over the tall Bashir Jamale (Broad Plains).

Luke Johnson had his first bout in two years, shaking off the cobwebs as he gave a controlled display against Rohan Kale (Empire ABC) for a unanimous points win.

Adrian Lionel was not at his best as he lost a very tight decision by a split vote against Jack Gough (Knowle ABC) and looks for the chance to reverse the result.

Lionel aims to bounce back on the Daggers show against Adam Redmond (IQ Boxing Team), while Chakar-Toure is booked for an attractive derby duel against West Ham’s Albert Moughton.

Johnson meets Ben Hall (Guildford), while National Novice finalist Marvin Lombi meets Fatjon Gola (Fairbairn).

Amaar Dodhy looks to reverse an earlier loss against Jeff Dujon (West Ham), while Freddie Hudson and George Landers face Hoddesdon rivals Joe Riley and Alex Bishop.

The feature bout is the return between two National champions in Dagenham’s Tariq Agius and Luke Belllfield (Hockley) after Agius won their December clash.

Also featuring on a packed programme are Sonny Flack v Fred Bain (Pinewood), Jack Bathe v Zack Davidson (Brentwood), Awais Kahn v Awais Malik (East London BA) Kenny Coney v Lewis Spink (Canvey).

n Barking’s Jake Marshall returned to the ring after a three-year break to concentrate on his engineering studies, when he boxed at the Troxy in Stepney on Friday.

Marshall faced Fitzroy Lodge light-heavyweight Germaine Brown and landed some solid punches, but the ring rust showed as the South Londoner hit back to claim a points verdict.

Barking schoolboy Aaron Singh reached the final of the Alliance Schools’ Championships, but he dropped a points decision to Bobby Newman (Gator) in the Class One 60kg final at Feltham on Sunday.

n Former Dagenham BC amateurs Robin Dupre and Jose Lopes, now unbeaten pro cruiserweights, are looking to press their title ambitions at York Hall in the coming weeks.

Dupre, undefeated in 11 bouts, faces Greek rival Dimitrios Neroutsos on the Mick Helliet-Mark Prior promotion on Saturday.

And with his 30th birthday just three days after the fight, Dupre is anxious to break into the title bracket this year and knows he must maintain winning form.

Meanwhile, Lopes is booked for a March 11 show staged by Goodwin Promotions matchmaker Kevin Campion.

The 26-year-old has seven straight wins to his credit and meets Willesden rival Ossie Jervier looking for another victory to press his title claims.

A week later on March 18, Wadi Camacho meets Karl Wheeler for the vacant Southern Area cruiserweight title and the winner looks an obvious target for Dupre and Lopes.

Dupre is featured on a packed programme at York Hall on Saturday headed by the Southern Area welterweight title duel between Asinia Byfield and John Brennan,

Unbeaten prospects Joshua Ejakpovi, Chris Kongo, Jimmy Smith and Kian Thomas are also named on show that includes former world title challenger George Jupp.

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