Camacho is one to watch - says Andre
FORMER heavyweight boxer Andre Olley is proving himself a successful trainer at Canning Town s Peacock BC, with his bright heavyweight prospect Wadi Macho Camacho in winning form for London on Saturday night, showing the power that has earned him a call
FORMER heavyweight boxer Andre Olley is proving himself a successful trainer at Canning Town's Peacock BC, with his bright heavyweight prospect Wadi 'Macho' Camacho in winning form for London on Saturday night, showing the power that has earned him a call into the GB training squad.
The selection for the national squad earmarks the powerful Ilford heavyweight for future international action, and he reports for squad training in Sheffield next month.
"The place in the GB squad is a tribute to the progress Wadi has made at the club this season," said trainer Olley, a big-punching heavyweight, who fought as an amateur and pro 30 years ago.
"He should be called up to box in the match against Ireland in two weeks - and then really go on to show his potential on the international scene."
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Camacho certainly displayed explosive form in his latest victory at the weekend, when he earned success alongside his light-heavyweight clubmate Jason Summers.
The London line-up went north to face a Tyne-Tees and Wear squad in the team match, part of the recently launched Ricky Hatton Belt Competition, with the Geordies earning a 5-3 team win - as Peacock boxers scored two of the three London wins.
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On a night when some of the Londoners were unhappy with the local judging, the 22-year-old Peacock heavyweight left no room for argument as he slammed a two-round triumph against Aycliffe BC rival Sean Denham.
ABA quarter-finalist Denham soon felt the power of Camacho's punching, when a crunching right sent him crashing to the floor in the opening minute of their clash.
The northerner tried to hit back, but the Peacock boxer controlled the exchanges and turned on the pressure in the second round, when he sent his rival to the canvas again with a powerful jab.
The referee had seen enough of the one-sided clash, and sensibly moved in to call a halt to the contest.
Summers also recorded a win for the London team, when he came through a lively light-heavyweight clash against Plains Farm club opponent Liam Knight, who he sent to the floor when he hammered home powerful hooks in the opening round.
However, the tables were turned in the second session as Knight slammed back in style to send former ABA semi-finalist Summers crashing for two counts.
But the Peacock boxer hauled himself upright and showed his determination as his two-fisted assault sapped his rival's stamina, and he pressed home his attacks in the final exchanges to finish comfortably ahead on the judges' scorecards.
Summers was credited with a 12-6 points margin at the end of the exciting clash.
The London team's other success against the north-east opposition on Saturday night was supplied by Crown and Manor club boxer Matthew Chanda, who was a convincing 14-4 points winner over Anthony Nelson (Horsley Hill).