By George - that was tough

NEWHAM S George Venness came through a tough test in the National CYP Boys Club quarter-final at Aldershot on Saturday, when he subdued tough Berry Boys rival Kane Steff in their 54kg encounter. Venness highlighted the club s win-double success at the qua

NEWHAM'S George Venness came through a tough test in the National CYP Boys Club quarter-final at Aldershot on Saturday, when he subdued tough Berry Boys rival Kane Steff in their 54kg encounter.

Venness highlighted the club's win-double success at the quarter-finals, but had to battle all the way against a strong and willing rival.

The Newham boxer's ability saw him clinch a semi-final chance by an 18-7 margin on the judges' scorecards.

There was also a good win for Newham clubmate Liam Desmond, when he overcame previously undefeated Andrew Wastell (Guildford City) in their Class B 50kg encounter.

Desmond made his shots count to subdue a talented rival and finished a clear 10-1 winner on the judges' scorecards to go forward to the semi-finals.

The third Newham boxer in action, John Coyle, looked set for success in his Class A 66kg encounter with young England choice Eli Matthews as he confidently moved into 3-2 lead.

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However, the Guildford youngster turned the tables with an all-out finish to race into a winning 7-3 decision on the judges' scorecards.