WEST HAM BC boxers sparkled at the ABA National Schoolboys finals with a four-time triumph at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham last weekend. The Hammers quartet, Tommy Beaney, Luke Saunders, Alfie Price and Joey Tokeley showed their ability, as t
WEST HAM BC boxers sparkled at the ABA National Schoolboys' finals with a four-time triumph at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham last weekend.
The Hammers' quartet, Tommy Beaney, Luke Saunders, Alfie Price and Joey Tokeley showed their ability, as the top boxing prospect in the land paraded at the Royal Navy sponsored finals tournament.
The class three under-46kg final repeat of last year's clash, as reigning two time champion Tommy Beaney clashed with European Bronze medalist Tom Ward of Birtley BC.
Unbeaten Beaney is the only English boy to have beaten Ward and both boys showed their class in a high standard clash.
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From the start, Beaney was the one who found his range, allowing his opponent to attack landing with his trademark left hooks followed by right hands.
As Ward got more desperate, Beaney continued to slam home his punches, taking the victory and third national title with a 12-6 points win.
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Another Hammer going for his third schoolboy title, Price faced strong fellow English team mate Ryan Fillingham of Bracebridge.
Price was behind after a tight first round, but then he found his rhythm, allowing his opponent to attack countering and dazzling him with his movement, to take a 6-2 lead into the last round.
Despite a warning in the last for Price, he took the victory and title with an 8-5 winning margin.
Luke Saunders was up against Steven Patterson of Sunderland, and the classy Hammer gave a punch perfect performance, outboxing his opponent in all quarters.
Saunders (pictured right), worked well to both head and body, countering and attacking, winning his first national award in a style that indicated there will be more honours to come, as he recorded an 8-1 points victory.
There was a shock success for Tokely following his semi-final defeat at the hands of Romeo Romaeo.
Tokeley was training in the club gym on Friday evening when a phone call was received to say that he could box in the final the following day, after the withdrawal of Romaeo.
Tokeley grasped the chance with both hands, determined to make the title his. He was up against Ambrose Burnside of Darlington, and the first two rounds were scrappy as the scores were dead level going into the last
However, Tokeley took his advice from the West Ham coaches in his corner and produced the perfect last round, countering his opponent with straight punches, to take the victory and national title with a 4-1 points victory.
Young Hammer Patrick Ellis was up against Peter McGrail of Everton Red Triangle, in a high standard class one 36kg decider clash between two outstanding prospects.
Ellis chased his opponent in the first round and was 4-0 down. However, he came out in the second and started to cut McGrail down, and looked to have won the round, but still trailed.
The last round last saw Ellis attack and land with good combinations to head and body as his rival clearly tired.
However, the Liverpudlian held on to take the title with a 9-6 victory, but Ellis, who first put on boxing gloves just a year ago, has impressed throughout the competition and seems set for a very bright future.