Boxing: Boys Club Championships cancelled after thugs invade York Hall

THE sad sequel to the crowd trouble at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday came this week with the cancellation of the 2010 London Boys Club Championships officially announced on Monday.

THE sad sequel to the crowd trouble at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday came this week with the cancellation of the 2010 London Boys Club Championships officially announced on Monday.

With the incidents under police investigation this week the boys' club organisers have confirmed that the London Region Championships have been called off and the region will not be represented in the national tournament.

The trouble, when thugs invaded the famous east London venue, came midway through the London Finals, and brought the tournament to a premature conclusion.

The original plan was to continue the tournament behind closed doors with the remaining finals taking place at a local club this week, but Monday's decision saw the championships scrapped completely.

Now the winners of some high standard contests are denied the chance of going forward to compete for national titles.

This is certainly a sad blow for West Ham BC with their entries in outstanding form in Saturday's finals before the trouble.

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Liam Desmond was drawn against Repton's Jack Fawsitt in their Class B under-57kg final, Desmond tracked the counter-punching Fawsitt down in an excellent final.

The contest was in the balance going into the last round and, with the Repton boxer beginning to tire, the Hammer produced a barnstorming finish to take victory and his place in the national quarter-finals.

Four-times national champion and unbeaten Tommy Beaney faced Scott McNess of Repton in the eagerly-awaited Class A under-54kg final.

The talented pair produced a high-energy contest that saw both boxers show great passion throughout, it was close at the final bell, but Beaney's clean punching got him the nod from the judges.

Luke Saunders faced Charlie Puddles of Dale Youth in the Class A under-60kg final. Slick Saunders countered Puddles with clinical punches, making good use of the ring and looking classy in taking the victory.

Alfie Price met Jack Horgan in the Class A under-57kg final. Having previously been stopped by Price, Horgan was very negative throughout, but Price cut the ring down well landing effective right jabs and hooks followed by lefts to take victory.

Charlie Driscoll was pitted against Jaye Williams in the Class B under-50kg final. Determined Williams took the contest to Charlie throughout, but he made good use of the ring, picking his shots to take a comfortable victory.

The cancellation means that the winners who fought their way to success will not now go forward to the national quarter-finals.

It will mean that the London clubs' impressive record of championship success in the NACYP tournament will not be maintained this year.

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