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Boxing: Dagenham boxers declared London champions

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 September 2018

Dagenham's Ray Howell and Kieran Weedon with coaches Peter Weekes and Sean O’Sullivan

Dagenham's Ray Howell and Kieran Weedon with coaches Peter Weekes and Sean O’Sullivan

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Dagenham Boxing Club saw five of their boxers declared London champions at the National Development Championships at the weekend.

Bailey Wallace, Mack Kempton, Awais Khan, Akash Bhangal and Martin Dimitrov were all left without opposition in their respective weight groups and handed spots in the next round.

Two youngsters did manage some ring action at Tottenham Community Sports Centre on Friday, though, with mixed success.

Keiran Weedeon beat Lion ABC’s Harry Robins in a junior Class A London semi-final at 60kg after a very competitive contest saw both enjoy spells of success.

Weedon landed punches more frequently, though, to progress to the final this weekend.

However, Ray Howell dropped a tight points decision against Henry Monksfield (Five Star) in a Class B 66kg contest after a mix of styles.

Howell forced the pace early on, but Monksfield countered well and caught the Daggers youngster in the final round with a good five-punch combination which led to a standing count and likely proved the difference.

This Saturday sees Dagenham’s Michael Bankole meet Emmanuel Ashong (Northolt) in a senior Class A 64kg London semi-final, with the final a day later.

Dagenham BC host their first show of the season at the Roundhouse on Friday October 19, with debuts for 10-year-olds Jayden Slade and Lewis Cook on a busy night of action, which starts at 7.30pm.

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