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Dagenham boxers delight at dinner show

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 February 2015

Daggers middleweight winner Adrian Lionel receives his trophy from the club's former Commonwealth champion Tony Conquest

Daggers middleweight winner Adrian Lionel receives his trophy from the club's former Commonwealth champion Tony Conquest

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Agius and Lionel shine brightest for club

Tariq Agius shows his 'best home boxer of the night,' award at the Dagenham BC show with club coach James ColeTariq Agius shows his 'best home boxer of the night,' award at the Dagenham BC show with club coach James Cole

Dagenham Boxing Club’s dinner show proved a night to remember, with happy memories for Tariq Agius and Adrian Lionel at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell.

The all-action Agius was given the verdict at 31kg after a keenly-fought clash with another quality prospect in Chadwell St Mary’s James Josling.

Agius came from behind to take the vote in the split decision and was later selected as the best home boxer for the fifth time.

Middleweight Lionel, with one win behind him in Daggers colours, showed his power against game Strood opponent George Smith, who was shaken by solid hooks in the opening round.

More pressure followed as Lionel stayed on top and, after a standing count in the third round, the referee stepped in to save Smith from further punishment.

There was another hard-hitting victory from Dagenham’s 2014 National Senior Novices finalist Marvin Lombi, who came out on top against tough Fitzroy Lodge campaigner Chris McKenzie.

The Dagenham boxer’s extra mobility and faster punches gave him the edge against a solid South London fighter who landed some heavy shots in a gallant featherweight battle.

Kerim Agius followed brother Tariq’s win when taking a points verdict over another Strood boxer Gavin Basra.

Last year’s ABA National Junior champion threw too many punches for his taller rival and took a unanimous verdict from the judges.

Dagenham’s Louie Taylor came through in style against west country rival Morgan Hart, winning a unanimous decision.

Hart, from Bristol’s Downend club, was on the receiving end of some accurate long range blows as Taylor recorded a good win.

Freddie Hudson also turned back the challenge of a visiting rival, landing powerful hooks to rock Cambridge Police southpaw Ashley Linnett in a 63kg clash.

Linnett tried to turn the tables, but it was the Daggers prospect who found the gaps in his rival’s defences to clinch a good win.

John Camalleri and Finchley rival Sonny Waghern supplied the fans with an all-action encounter as fortunes swayed in every round.

And the Dagenham boxer stepped up the attacks in the final round, landing solid rights to shake his opponent to make sure of a majority verdict.

The home boxers did not have it all their own way on a night of well-matched contests provided by home matchmaker Jimmy Bush, which included a defeat for National Police champion Nicola Hudson.

Finchley chef Shannon Gourtney certainly served up some tasty attacks as she proved too strong for Hudson in their lightweight contest.

Gourtney’s powerful hooks took their toll as Hudson needed two standing counts in the final round, but gamely survived the pressure to concede a points defeat.

George Landers renewed his rivalry with Lion BC’s talented Krishnan Singh, hoping to level the scores after three previous contests.

The tall light-welterweights swapped accurate shots in a good standard encounter, but it was Singh’s more effective attacks that brought a win and the best visiting boxer of the night award.

Solid hitting Alid Khalid (Newham) and Henry Attridge provided a keenly-fought local derby duel, with Khalid’s solid shots proving decisive.

Dagenham hope Attridge enjoyed success at long range, but his rival ripped home heavy hooks, forcing a standing count in the final round on his way to victory.

Heart of Portsmouth prospect Aaron Vary made the journey from the south coast to overcome Daniel McNicholas.

Vary’s awkward attacks unsettled the Dagenham boxer and although McNicholas slammed home effective shots it was the southerner who got the verdict.


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