Camacho clips Robin’s wings

ILFORD'S Wadi Camacho, a member of Canning Town's Peacock BC, came out on top in his battle with heavyweight rival Robin Dupre of Dagenham BC at the North-East London Divisional ABA Championship finals held at Dukes Hall, Hornchurch on Friday.

ILFORD'S Wadi Camacho, a member of Canning Town's Peacock BC, came out on top in his battle with heavyweight rival Robin Dupre of Dagenham BC at the North-East London Divisional ABA Championship finals held at Dukes Hall, Hornchurch on Friday.

Gallant Dupre, with just nine bouts to his credit, battled all the way against his more experienced rival, who now aims to continue his march to national honours on the 2010 ABA title trail.

The Peacock boxer hammered home the sharper punches, but Dupre took the shots and came back for more.

He even launched a last-round assault to test the durability of Camacho, who scored good wins for the GB team against top American heavyweights in the States last year.


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"Robin gave me a real test and deserved praise for the way he took some solid shots and kept coming forward, but I was relaxed and felt good," said the winner, who now moves on to the London ABA semi-finals and finals at York Hall on March 20.

"Now I am really focused and looking forward to moving further towards winning a national title."

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n BRIGHT local prospect Inder Basi from Gator ABC has boxed his way to the silver medal at the Royal Navy Schools' ABA Championships, which took place in Brentwood on Saturday.

Basi, aged 12, lost out in the Class One 48kg final of the competition to more experienced Ben Lee, representing Kettering School of Boxing ABC.

Despite his lack of contests, the Ilford boxer fought his strong opponent to a photo finish, scoring with solid punches. Many ringsiders made him unlucky to lose by the narrowest of margins - the judges voted him a 3-2 loser at the final bell.

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 for the Ilford club when he defeated Ray Butler (Reading) 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 making him a worthy winner.

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

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