Wadi’s old pal’s act does the trick!
WADI Camacho did his pal a favour and promptly pulled off the biggest shock of the NE London ABA championships at Dukes Hall, Hornchurch, on Friday night. Camacho, a Peacock Club boxer who lives in Ilford, is a natural heavyweight but decided to step up
WADI Camacho did his pal a favour and promptly pulled off the biggest shock of the NE London ABA championships at Dukes Hall, Hornchurch, on Friday night.
Camacho, a Peacock Club boxer who lives in Ilford, is a natural heavyweight but decided to step up to the super-heavyweight class when his club-mate Ricky Newlands, who reached the national final as a cruiserweight last year, was forced to move up to the heavyweight division.
"Ricky and I are like brothers there's no way I would want to box him - I'd sooner step up to super-heavyweight," said Camacho, although he knew it would mean a straight final with Repton's 2008 national runner-up, Damien Campbell.
England squad member Wadi proved too mobile for his three stones heavier rival, who failed to unload his big punches, as the Peacock entry scored in every round to take the verdict.
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Camacho goes forward with walkover winner Newland and third Peacock boxer Jay Summers to the London ABA semi-finals and finals at York Hall, Bethnal Green, tomorrow night (Thursday).
Summers scored two good wins to take the light-heavyweight title outpointing Reece Shagourie (Repton) in his semi-final.
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He was tested by southpaw Jordan Gosling, a former European under-19 bronze medal winner, in the final, but Summers' superior strength won the day.
Gallant Gosling was battered to the canvas in the second session as the Peacock boxer landed heavy hooks, but the Barking entry survived until the final bell when Summers took the verdict.
Repton BC took five titles at the NE Finals, with middleweight entry Frank Buglioni's pressure-punching attacks earning two inside the distance wins over Peacock rivals.
First came a two-round triumph over Dalton Miller, who was rocked by solid shots and took a standing count before the referee stepped in to signal the end.
The second Peacock entry, Ives Kinistioni, boosted by a convincing semi-final win over Lee Markham (Five Star), tried to outscore the Repton boxer in the final, but Buglioni slammed home his big blows to shake his rival in the second.
More solid shots saw the Canning Town club hope take a standing count before the referee intervened to send Buglioni back to his corner as the winner and new middleweight champion.
There were also disappointing exits for Peacock brothers Dean and Scot Burrell in their featherweight and lightweight finals.
Dean Burrell lost his featherweight final clash with Billy Morgan (West Ham), while the skills of Repton's Michael McCarthy ended the lightweight ambitions of Scott Burrell.