It’s Sunday best for Theophane

NEWHAM-BASED Ashley Theophane was back in winning action on the latest Sunday afternoon show at York Hall, Bethnal Green, this week with a points victory on Miranda Carter s Left Jab Promotions bill. The globe-trotting lightwelter weight campaigner was ba

NEWHAM-BASED Ashley Theophane was back in winning action on the latest Sunday afternoon show at York Hall, Bethnal Green, this week with a points victory on Miranda Carter's Left Jab Promotions bill.

The globe-trotting lightwelter weight campaigner was back at York Hall punching out his latest points success, but gallant Berk-shire rival Mark Douglas was certainly no easy victim.

Half of Theophane's last 10 outings have been on foreign soil, but he was obviously happy to be back at the traditional home of boxing - he has not lost in his last eight appearances there.

He lacked his usual sparkle and had to work hard to earn a 77-75 points win over the gallant Douglas with a last-round effort clinching the narrow victory on referee Ken Curtis' scorecard.


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There were no shortage of keenly-competitive clashes on the Sunday show the lady promoter's regular matchmaker Roy Hilder once again providing entertaining action for the packed audience at the traditional home of British boxing.

New pro John Wayne Hibbert, trained by former WBU titleholder Jason Rowland at Canning Town's Ultrachem TKO Gym pleased his enthusiastic fan following with his Sunday best performance.

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He launched his explosive attacks which proved too much for Lancashire opponent Damien Jeffries who was halted before the end of the opening round in the scheduled four-round welterweight contest.

There was also a victory for another local hope making a pro start on the York Hall supporting card as light-heavyweight hope Scott Douglas slammed out a four-round points victory over Newark rival Jamie Norcott with the referee voting 39-37 in his favour at the final bell after an entertaining contest.

However, Rainham hope Kevin Lilley's ambitions of scoring his second win in three contests were swiftly ended by Ruislip rival Ryan Toms.

After a keenly fought encounter, it was Toms who turned on the power in the fourth round for the referee to intervene and record a stoppage success in the middleweight clash.

There was a points victory for Lee Cook (Morden) as he battled to record a 58-56 win over Mark McCullough (High Wycombe).

In another six-round contest Streatham cruiserweight Leon Williams put another win on his record as he scored a 60-53 points success over northerner Mark Nilsen.

* NEWHAM'S George Veness will be in action when top youngsters from England, Scotland and Wales go head-to-head this weekend at the the Great Britain Youth Championships in Liverpool.

Veness, beaten in the recent junior ABA finals on Merseyside, aims to produce top form to impress in the three-day tournament, at Everton Park Sports Centre.

Two boxers from England and one each from Wales and Scotland are named in the weight divisions to compete in semi-finals and finals, before the GB titles are decided.

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