Hot tip Tommy faces Repton rival
WEST HAM hopes will be on parade at the London Boys Clubs finals at York Hall on Saturday, while the following day, the schoolboys head for Haslemere, Surrey, where the National Schoolboys semi-finals take place. The pick of some mouth-watering clashes
WEST HAM hopes will be on parade at the London Boys Clubs' finals at York Hall on Saturday, while the following day, the schoolboys head for Haslemere, Surrey, where the National Schoolboys' semi-finals take place.
The pick of some mouth-watering clashes in the London finals on Saturday sees West Ham's hot title tip Tommy Beaney face Repton's classy Scott McNess in the Class A 54kg decider.
Beaney faced Anthony Ward of Islington in their class A under-54kg semi-final and countered his strong gallant opponent with his trademark left and right hooks, looking classy in the process to book his place in the final.
McNess also impressed as he outpointed the Hammers' Sam Bezzina in his semi-final.
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Liam Desmond faced highly-rated Ryan Jackson of Lynn in the Class B under-57kg quarter-finals held at the Lion Club, Hoxton.
The first two rounds were even, with both boys boxing well, but with Jackson beginning to tire, Desmond's superior fitness showed in the last round, where he produced a decisive effort.
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In the semi-final, he faced Khalid Ramadan of Dale Youth and cut his opponent down to land effective straight punches, dominating the contest to take the points victory.
He made sure of his place in the London Finals on Saturday, where he will face Jack Fawsitt in another West Ham versus Repton decider.
West Ham's Tom Baker was drawn against Cai Cheal of Lynn in his Class C under-71kg quarter-final and started well, landing some good right hands to both head and body.
With Cheal becoming increasingly frustrated, the contest began to turn scrappy and the Lynn boxer was disqualified.
In the semi-final, Baker faced the strong Billy Cayzer of Eltham and took control of the contest from the centre of the ring, allowing his opponent to attack, and continually countering with stiff punches.
Cayzer was forced to take a standing count in the third round following a well-timed combination, but rallied to hear the final bell in the four-round contest. Baker will now face Mark Osborne of Finchley in the final.
Luke Saunders was pitted against Joe McCarthy in the Class A under-60kg semi-final, and the Hammer began to find his range in the second, landing with clinical attack and counter punches to take victory and his place in the London final, where he will face Charlie Puddle of Dale Youth.
Chris Smith was drawn against George Moughton of Newham. The taller West Ham boxer made good use of his height advantage, countering well to take a points victory and his place in the semi-final, where he will face Reggie Goodwin of Fitzroy Lodge.
Hammers' Tony Coyle lost on points to John McDonagh of Stowe in their Class B under-63kg semi-final.
In a Class B 54kg clash, Adam Patel (Fairbairn ABC) showed good form to eliminate Charlie Milner (Eltham & District ABC) and will be tested by Repton entry Lucien Reid in the final on Saturday.