Boxing: Newham success at Royal Navy Schools Championships

THERE was double delight for Newham Boxing Club, when 12-year-olds Joe Temple and Viddal Riley clinched ABA Schools titles at the Royal Navy sponsored championships in Brentwood on Sunday.

THERE was double delight for Newham Boxing Club, when 12-year-olds Joe Temple and Viddal Riley clinched ABA Schools' titles at the Royal Navy sponsored championships in Brentwood on Sunday.

Unbeaten Class One 50kg entry Riley looked one of the most impressive youngsters on parade at the national finals, as he swept to a 12-3 victory over Akeel Khaliq (Burmantofts) to clinch his title.

Khaliq was outgunned from the opening bell as the Newham sharpshooter fired speedy punches into the target area, building up a clear first-round lead.

He extended the advantage in the second round, landing a stinging left hook which forced the referee to toll an eight count over the Burmantofts' club hope.

Khaliq offered braved resistance in the final session, but could not stop the Newham boxer completing a clear victory with a nine-point margin to his credit.

Temple was also too busy for Stockbridge BC opponent Liam Homan, setting up his points success with a second round standing count.

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He continued to provide the more effective attacks in the final round to make sure of the Class One 34kg title with a convincing 6-2 margin in his favour.

Both boxers celebrated with family and friends after their success on Sunday and paid tributes to their club trainers.

n IT WAS sweet revenge and a national schoolboys' title for West Ham's Patrick Ellis, when he defeated Peter McGrail of Everton Red Triangle in the Class Two 40kg final on Sunday.

The clash was a repeat of last year's final in which McGrail took the verdict, and he entered the ring on Saturday as hot favourite with a 15-month unbeaten record behind him.

However, the classy 14-year-old Ellis was determined to seek revenge as the skillful southpaws felt each other out in the first round.

The young Hammer began to find his range and, in the second, a short right sent McGrail to the canvas and the referee administered a standing eight count.

Ellis then pushed his opponent back and was beginning to land freely, when a stiff straight left landed right on the button, forcing the referee to issue another eight count, resulting in automatic stoppage.

Ellis jumped for joy at taking the title and his next stop will be Scotland to box for England in the Three Nations.

Hammers clubmate, reigning champion Joe Tokeley, faced Luke McCormack of Birtley in his closely-fought Class Three under 40kg final.

Tokeley trailed 2-1 going into the last round, but attacked strongly and seemed to pick up points. However, McCormack took the title with a 2-1 points victory - a strange scoreline which did neither boy justice.

n WEST HAM stage a promising tournament at the East Ham Working Men's Club on Friday night with their young prospects in action against visiting club rivals on the night.

The following day, a squad of local hopes will be in action at the start of the ABA junior title trail at the Five Star Boxing Club, Harold Hill, when the North East London Division junior championships take place.

n Jake Henderson (Newham) came out on top of his clash with local rival Ahmet Bassi (Fairbairn) on the recent Newham BC tournament.

The local prospects produced a keenly-fought clash, with Henderson landing the punches to earn a majority verdict.

n Fairbairn boxers were in winning form at Reading last week, where Kam Singh Basi boxed well and outpointed Mike Redman from Windrush ABC.

Toyin Afolabi was also in impressive form when he outpointed home club rival Ray Butler after landing the more effective punches.

Also winning for Fairbairn, Adam Patel boxed well and outpointed Reading rival John Scott in a hard-fought contest, his cleaner hitting made him a good winner.

Fairbairn's Armed Haseeb lost on points to Adian Byfield (Reading).