Three of the best in finals

SONNY Edwards, Des Johnson and Sam Bezzina booked their places in the National Schools Finals in two weeks with good wins in the semi-finals at Haslemere, Surrey, on Saturday. Setting up the Newham trio for success, Edwards made it eight straight victori

SONNY Edwards, Des Johnson and Sam Bezzina booked their places in the National Schools' Finals in two weeks with good wins in the semi-finals at Haslemere, Surrey, on Saturday.

Setting up the Newham trio for success, Edwards made it eight straight victories with his Class One 30kg clash with Clifford Lee (Swanley), dominating the action as he swept into the final.

In the Class Two 46k semi-final, Zak Edwards-Clark from Sittingbourne clashed with Newham's Sam Bezzina.

Bezzina made his punches count, building up a convincing lead to book his place in the Class Three 48kg final.


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Also heading through to the finals, Newham's Desmond Johnson proved too good for his Class Two under-46kg opponent Hayden Bullock (Crawley).

The winners now head for Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre when the finals will be decided over the weekend of March 7/8.

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n WEST Ham's unbeaten reigning champion Tom Beaney outpointed Kieran Rodden of Moneyfields 19-4 in their Class three 46kg national schoolboys semi-final at Haslemere.

Beaney picked his shots landing to both head and body with his fast combination punches to secure his place in the finals.

Stylish southpaw Luke Saunders also went through his semi-final with a 14-4 points victory against Frankie Smith of Guildford. Saunders countered his opponent with well-timed shots.

Having his seventh bout of the schoolboys, bright young Hammer Patrick Ellis outpointed Bryn Whitmore of Synwell 11-4 in the Class One 36kg semi-final.

Classy Ellis allowed his opponent to come to him and moved well landing with straight shots to build up a points advantage.

West Ham's reigning champion Alfie Price outpointed Dan Wooledge of St Marys 10-2 in their Class three 50kg semi-final.

Price impressed with a polished counter-punching performance, moving well and landing with precision punches to march on to his third national final.

Joe Tokeley was outpointed 3-2 by Romeo Romaeo of Lydney, in one of the the closest of bouts at the semi-finals.

The Lydney boxer made it hard for Tokeley to get his shots off, the scores were all square with seconds remaining on the clock only for Romaeo to score and take victory.

The bout of the day saw a battle of reigning National Champions and Simon O'Driscoll was outpointed by Walcot's Ryan Martin 12-9.

Martin was 6-2 up after the first round, and heavy shots were landed by both boxers as Simon tried gallantly to claw back the deficit, but was unable to do so.

PEACOCK BC'S talented prospect Otoa Saba moved through his Class Three 38kg semi-final when he outpointed Charlie Budd (Stacey).

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