Beaney bags himself a medal
WEST HAM BC hit the golden trail at the Great Britain Championships tournament at the Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh, at the weekend. Hammers England team captain in the section for boxers born in 1994, Tommy Beaney, led by example with two outstandin
WEST HAM BC hit the golden trail at the Great Britain Championships tournament at the Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh, at the weekend.
Hammers' England team captain in the section for boxers born in 1994, Tommy Beaney, led by example with two outstanding performances to take gold.
In the semis, he outpointed Connor Clarke of Scotland, slamming home his trademark combinations to the head and body to move ahead.
A stiff right from Beaney forced a standing count in the last round, sealing the 22-1 points victory.
The final was a similar story with the West Ham entry outpointing Scotland's Gary Carr 17-1 to claim gold and take his unbeaten record to 17 contests without defeat.
Classy Luke Saunders was pitted against Scotland's James Morton in his semi-final.
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A perfect right hook from Saunders in the last round sent Morton crashing and further sealed the Hammer's 14-4 victory and his place in the final.
In the final, he faced Scotland's gallant Ryan McLaren who pressed throughout but walked into Saunders fast and accurate counter-punches.
The Scottish hope took two standing counts as Saunders claimed gold with a 14-2 victory.
Reigning GB Champ and three time Golden Gloves winner, Alfie Price, faced awkward Scot Dean Moffat in the semi-finals.
After a close first round, Price found his range, scoring with long right hooks from his southpaw stance to take the 8-3 victory.
In the final he faced highly-touted Mark McKeown of Scotland, but the young Hammer oozed class, countering and attacking, leaving McKeown short of ideas. Price scored a 7-2 victory to join the Hammers' impressive gold medal success list.
West Ham's Chris Smith outpointed Matthew Murphy of Scotland 11-2 in his semi-final. Smith controlled the contest from the centre of the ring, working well with straight shots to take victory.
In the final he faced Mitch Buckland of Wales. Buckland took gold after a close contest that could have gone either way.
There was also a narrow defeat for Hammers Charlie Driscoll when he was edged 9-8 at the end of his clash against Scotland's Michael McGurk in the semi-finals.