Boxing: Newham Schoolboys impress in Haslemere
NEWHAM and West Ham Boxing clubs celebrated a double success in the National Schoolboys semi-finals at Haslemere on Sunday to clinch final bids at Brentwood over the weekend of March 6/7.
NEWHAM and West Ham Boxing clubs celebrated a double success in the National Schoolboys' semi-finals at Haslemere on Sunday to clinch final bids at Brentwood over the weekend of March 6/7.
Newham duo Joe Temple and Videll Reilly both impressed as they eliminated their Class One rivals in the semi-final clashes.
In their 34kg clash, Joe Bayliss (Hoddesdon) made a bold attempt to unsettle Temple, but it was the Newham boxer who found the target with effective attacks to take control of the semi-final duel.
Temple continued to have the better of some keenly-fought exchanges in the clash and his final place was clinched with the 7-2 verdict in his favour.
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Ryan Cozzolino (Kingswood) found Viddel Riley too much of a handful in their 60kg duel, with the Newham hope shaking his rival with his ongoing assault.
He continued the attacks in the second round and with the Kingswood boxer again under pressure the referee called a halt in favour of the Newham boxer.
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West Ham hope Patrick Ellis faced Billy Taylor of Sittingbourne in the Class Two under-40kg semi-final. The classy Hammer fazed his opponent with his wasp-like style counter-punching from the start.
Ellis then stepped up the pace, landing crisp punches to take the 15-2 victory from the judges, and his place in the National Finals.
Joe Tokeley was pitted against Jack Rann of Hoddesdon in their Class Three under-40kg semi-final, and the talented rivals produced a quality contest.
After close exchanges, the final place looked in the balance, but West Hammer Tokeley produced a good last round to take the 6-5 points victory.