It’s national title delight for young Dagenham duo, but brave Bailey is beaten – just

PUBLISHED: 14:30 14 December 2017

Dagenham youngsters Billy Adams, Bailey Wallace and Tariq Agius with coaches Sean O’Sullivan, James Cole, Spencer Landers and Dennis Adams

Dagenham youngsters Billy Adams, Bailey Wallace and Tariq Agius with coaches Sean O’Sullivan, James Cole, Spencer Landers and Dennis Adams


Dagenham Boxing Club were celebrating after two of their young fighters were crowned national champions at the weekend.

A fully-loaded mini bus made the long journey down to the west country to the Broad Plans Boxing Club & Youth Project in Bristol for the finals of the National Association of Boys & Girls Club Championships.

And Dagenham’s Tariq Agius did not disappoint in his second national final, having won the schoolboys crown in 2015.

Agius took on Vaughan Gates of Liverpool’s Salisbury ABC in the Class A 44kg final and set the tempo from the start, with fast, two-fisted attacks enabling him to win all three rounds, and force his rival to take a standing count in the third before being announced as the champion.

Next up for Dagenham BC was Billy Adams, who was keen to add to the National Junior Development title which he won just six weeks ago in Birmingham.

Adams met Joe McGrail, from the Everton Red Triangle club in Liverpool in the Class A 48kg final and claimed the centre of the ring from the first bell.

Using quick attacks from the centre of the ring to get into range and then stepping out again, Adams edged the first-round honours.

But Adams took his foot off the gas somewhat in the second and it was all square going into the third and final round, where he managed to step up his workrate to snatch a majority points verdict from four of the five judges at ringside.

Finally, Dagenham’s Bailey Wallace was up against Amelia Jarvis (Mayflower ABC), an opponent who had beaten her seven weeks earlier via a unanimous points verdict in the National Junior Development semi-finals.

Their rematch in the Class A 50kg final was a much closer affair, with Wallace having a share of the success and enjoying periods of domination.

However, the Mayflower boxer nicked a split points verdict to deny the Dagenham club a hat-trick of titles.

Club secretary Dan O’Sullivan said: “I’m very proud of all three of our boxers, they’ve shown what dedication can lead to, and will inspire our younger members. All three boxers can expect an invite to represent their country very soon.”

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