England expects a successful bid
JACK ENGLAND heads a quartet of Newham BC boxers as he launches a last bid for national title glory at the Royal Navy schools boxing championships, which get underway at the Five Star Boxing Club, Harold Hill on Saturday. England has never enjoyed the br
JACK ENGLAND heads a quartet of Newham BC boxers as he launches a last bid for national title glory at the Royal Navy schools' boxing championships, which get underway at the Five Star Boxing Club, Harold Hill on Saturday.
England has never enjoyed the breaks along the title trail in earlier years, but his form in recent months has been impressive with a national champion and a four-nations winner among his four victims in as many bouts.
Also carrying Newham hopes at the event will be Desmond Johnson, who will be out to repeat his success on the 2009 national title trail which ended when he claimed the title at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre last March.
He clinched his reward in the Class Two 46kg final against talented rival Brian Jackson from the Barnsley-based Hard and Fast BC.
Videl Riley, who has also been in top form this season with six straight victories, makes his bid for honours alongside Newham's Joe Temple.
Both will also be looking to launch their title bids in Newham club colours at the Five Star BC tournament, where the north east London preliminaries will be staged on Saturday.
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England's latest success came when he travelled with his Newham clubmates to appear on a Birmingham dinner show and proved too good for Midlands rival Tion Gibbs (Eastside BC).
Gibbs tried hard to pressure England with first-round attacks, but it was the Newham boxer who had the confidence to continue his winning run in a lively encounter.
He came through some hard-fought exchanges, shaking his rival with stinging punches on the way to a points success.
Also winning in Newham colours on the show was Jervate Skeet who picked his shots well to take the verdict against Eddie Eliffe from Leicester's Shepshed BC.
Meanwhile, West Ham will be making their usual bold bid for honours in the schools' tournament, lining up seven entries for the North-East London Divisional Championships at Harold Hill.
They included boxers who sparkled on the national title trail a year ago, with reigning champion Joe Tokeley entered in Class Three, alongside last season's finalist Patrick Ellis, who chases honours in Class Two.
The other five Hammers on show will be championship debutants - Class One: Billy Andrews and Billy Hodder; Class Two: Hughie Saunders and Jack Lewis and Class Three: Douglas Doherty.
The competition will be tough as usual at the schools' championships, with the Plaistow club's regular rivals Repton, lining up a formidable list of more then a dozen starters at the tournament.