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Ali impresses on Dagenham debut, but Bhangal beaten by majority in National final

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 October 2018

Dagenham's Akash Bhangal receives his medal and certificate from England Boxing's Gethin Jenkins as coaches Spencer Landers, James Cole and Sean O'Sullivan look on

Dagenham's Akash Bhangal receives his medal and certificate from England Boxing's Gethin Jenkins as coaches Spencer Landers, James Cole and Sean O'Sullivan look on

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Dagenham Boxing Club had plenty to cheer at the weekend - in and out of the ring.

Dagenham's Zeryab Ali celebrates his debut winDagenham's Zeryab Ali celebrates his debut win

Zeryab Ali made his debut in a club vest at the Tower Hotel on Friday as he guested on the annual Met Police dinner show.

A Police Clubs team met an Army Select team and Ali faced LCPL Clarke of the Royal Logistics Corps in a light-welterweight contest.

Ali went straight to work, connecting with some heavy artillery early in the first round, forcing the referee to intervene midway through.

And he remained on the front foot, catching his opponent with fierce combinations to head and body, including a stunning right hook which forced his opponent to cover up in the corner.

Dagenham's Robby Binding and Jason Gullefer receive their level two England Boxing coaching certificatesDagenham's Robby Binding and Jason Gullefer receive their level two England Boxing coaching certificates

Ali then switched the attack to the body, forcing his opponent to lower his guard and allowing him to catch him with another fierce right hand which saw the referee step in and stop the fight.

Club secretary Dan O’Sullivan said: “It was an impressive first round win for Ali who, goes in for minor surgery on his nose next week. We all wish him a speedy recovery.”

Akash Bhangal came within a whisker of his first National title on Sunday, missing out on a razor tight split points decision against Billy Ward (Darlington ABC) in the Class A 54kg England Boxing Development Championships.

The opening round was very, very tight, with both boxers enjoying periods of success.

Bhangal upped the pace and edged the second round with a higher work rate, but the third round was once again a very close affair until the final bell where Ward was awarded the win by the judges.

O’Sullivan said: “Absolutely no disgrace at all for Akash, who can take some great positives from this championship. He has shown he can mix it at National Level. He can bounce back with the NABGC Championships.

“We’re all very proud of Akash, and know he was unlucky not to pick up his first National title.”

Bhanjal joins clubmates Ray Howell and multi-titlist Tariq Agius in the NABGCs, which get underway at the Roundhouse Function suite on Friday.

More Daggers boxers are in action at the next home show at the Roundhouse on Friday November 9 (7.30pm).

Meanwhile, club coaches Robby Binding and Jason Gullefer both passed their level two England Boxing course with flying colours to join six others at the club with the same qualification.

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