Boxing: Dagenham's Agius misses out on national title

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 December 2018

Tariq Agius (centre) with junior clubmates at Dagenham

Tariq Agius (centre) with junior clubmates at Dagenham


Dagenham Boxing Club's Tariq Agius saw his hopes of another national title ended by a split points defeat in Bridlington.

Agius took on Sahil Khan (Merridale) in the Class B 50kg final of the National Association of Boys’ & Girls’ Club Championships.

And Khan’s considerable height and reach advantage made it difficult for Agius to land his heavy shots, with his neat footwork also helping him to avoid punches.

Agius tried hard to cut down the ring and both had spells of success, but Khan landed more scoring shots in the three rounds for a 4-1 win.

Dan O’Sullivan said: “We’re always proud of any of our boxers who give it 100 per cent and Tariq did just that.

“He showed he’s right up there, in the mix for a place on the national squad. We’re going to look at where improvements and changes can be made to help Tariq claim that elusive England team place. The possibility of a move down in weight classes is the first consideration.”

Dagenham’s Michael Omokayode was in action at the Newham BC show at East Ham Working Men’s Club, but lost the first round to Lee Corcoran after a slow start.

Omokayode picked it up in the second round and looked to have dominated the third, but lost a very tight split decision to coach Jason Gullefer’s disappointment.

Peter Kerrigan picked up a good unanimous points win over Alex Kennedy (Hockley ABC) at the Main Events Gym in Wickford on Saturday.

Kerrigan combined fast attacks and swift footwork to edge the first round, then moved well to remain in front after the second. And he finished with some eye-catching combinations to earn the vote of all three judges.

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