Dagenham duo chase England Boxing elite glory

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 March 2017

Dagenham's Luke Saunders is chasing England Boxing elite championship glory

Dagenham's Luke Saunders is chasing England Boxing elite championship glory


Hopefuls set out on old ABA title trail

England Boxing’s elite championship – the old ABA title race – gets underway this week with the London title battles and Dagenham have a double entry in Luke Saunders and Mitchell Frearson.

The championships start tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday at the Tottenham Centre, with the finals at Harrow Leisure Centre the following Thursday (March 30).

Saunders enjoyed a muti-title campaign at West Ham BC and reached the national finals at light-middleweight (71kg), but after a two-year break from boxing he returns as a light-heavyweight (81kg) for his 2017 bid in Dagenham colours.

He goes straight through to the finals next week when he meets the winner of the semi-final between Ola Allausa (Double Jab) and Martin Foru (All Stars).

Middleweight Frearson enters Friday’s quarter-finals in an impressive group of 10 middleweight boxers (75kg) and awaits the winner of the pre-quarter-final between Robbie Chapman (IQ Boxing) and Jamal Akay (All Stars) who box on Thursday.

*Dagenham’s Tariq Agius lost a split decision in the England Boxing junior/cadet quarter-finals at Bletchley, Milton Keynes against Kurt Lee (Hoddesdon BA).

After a slow start, 42kg entry Agius came to life in the second round when landing effective attacks and followed up well in the last round.

However, a warning for holding in the last round proved decisive as a split vote went against the Dagenham boxer and Lee takes a place in the semi-finals at Basildon this weekend.

Clubmate Liam Carter gained a walkover through to the 52kg semi-finals at Basildon on Saturday with the finals there the following day.

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