Bell rings for Barking
PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 October 2014
Club begin new season with charity show
Barking Boxing Club raise the curtain on the local season with their annual charity dinner show at Chigwell’s Prince Regent Hotel on Friday, arranged by former world featherweight champion Colin McMillan.
The event provides top-class entertainment and vital funds for the club, with chief Dave Sadler saying: “The cash that is raised at the event keeps the club going throughout the year.”
McMillan, who launched his career at Barking, added: “It’s a great night in prospect with showbiz and sports personalities present. A host of boxing champions have pledged their support.”
Barking brothers Blerin and Jetnor Pjetri are both matched against London club rivals on the 14-bout bill, while junior George Stewart is named for action alongside Mohammed Ali and John Stokes.
Guest boxers include east London club duo Claudio Paulo (Peacock) and Charlie Russell (Lansbury) and the event, now in its 11th year, is raising money for the JK Shah Foundation, a charity aiming to improve the health and education of children around the world.
Tickets are priced at £60 and further information is available on 0208 599 6823 or 07832 188203 or online at colin-mcmillan.com.
n Blerin Pjetri (Barking BC) was in winning form on the Hornchurch & Elm Park club show when he came through against home rival Tony Gladman.
In an evenly fought bout, the Barking boxer landed the telling shots to make sure of the decision.
But junior Callum Alboni lost a close contest against Hornchurch’s Dave Joyce at the Chafford Leisure Centre.
n Ben Hall soaked a bruised hand in an ice bucket, but still wore a smile in the dressing room at York Hall on Saturday after scoring his fourth straight victory.
Light-middleweight Hall outpointed tough Hounslow boxer Harjinder Gill and is already looking forward to his next ring date in two weeks at the O2 Arena.
He said: “My hand is a little sore, but it will not stop me boxing on the big show at the O2.”
The 21-year-old Hall kept pressure on his west London rival, slamming home solid punches as he took every round on the official scorecard.
Gill concentrated on lasting the distance and, although shaken by solid left hooks, survived the four-round clash on the Goodwin promotion.
Hall is booked for action at the Matchroom bill at the 02 which also features Anthony Joshua, Lee Selby, John Ryder, John Wayne Hibbert, Johnny Coyle and Ohara Davies.
n Dagenham BC joined the Barking & Dagenham Youth Parade, organised by Leader of the Council Cllr Darren Rodwell, on Sunday.
National Junior champion Kerim Agius posed with his Golden Gloves, along with Louie Taylor and George Landers and their London ABA belts.
The titled trio were stood alongside 10 club boxers and coach James Cole, a former National Junior and Youth champion.
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