Dagenham’s Agius awaits big date

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 May 2015

Dagenham's Tariq Agius with coaches Sean O'Sullivan, James Cole and Spencer Landers

Dagenham's Tariq Agius with coaches Sean O'Sullivan, James Cole and Spencer Landers


Talented Tariq on English Schools’ title trail

Anthony Yarde celebrates victory on his professional debut at WembleyAnthony Yarde celebrates victory on his professional debut at Wembley

Dagenham’s Tariq Agius awaits his next opponent on the England Schools’ championship trail after storming to a London title triumph at Lewisham.

Agius was without an opponent in Saturday’s Class A 29.5kg pre-quarter final and may go through directly the nationals finals on May 30.

The Eastbrook pupil, who turns 13 this month, pressed from the start of his London final against Nemesis ABC rival Oliver Gander, connecting with fast combinations.

In the second round, the Dagenham youngster continued with educated pressure and landed solid punches to force referee Chas Coakley to give Gander an eight count.

Agius shook his rival again with hard, fast combinations that forced the referee to intervene halfway through the second.

Success on the schools trail means Agius will not be appearing on the club’s May 22 show at Dagenham & Redbridge FC, but two other family members are booked to appear.

Brother and national junior champion Kerim and sister Kerry Ann, waiting to make her ring debut, are both named on a promising bill.

The show also features heavyweight duo Stephen Addesana, who joined from Repton, and power-punching 17-year-old David Omoriri.

n Anthony Yarde and Eddie Hussain are pleading for more action soon and want to keep busy after their wins at Wembley on Saturday.

Yarde, a hard-hitting product of Omnibus amateur club on the Barking /Ilford borders, hammered his way to a two-round triumph over Lincoln’s Mitch Mitchell on his professional debut that opened the latest Frank Warren bill.

Mitchell, a tough journeyman with a reputation for durability, had not been stopped in his last 20 fights, but soon buckled under Yarde’s onslaught.

The debutant calmly stalked his rival before unleashing a savage body attack that left Mitchell gasping for breath on the canvas.

Mitchell gamely continued, but was battered to the head and body and a powerful right dropped the Lincoln fighter for the full count.

“It was good to win my debut, now I want more fights to improve and climb the rankings,” said the ambitious 23-year-old Yarde.

Dagenham’s Hussain also wants to keep active after staying unbeaten in six bouts over a four-year career.

Hussain’s latest success was a points win over Stockport’s Jamie Quinn who he floored with a great left hook in the opening round and came through to win a 38-37 points decision.

“I’d like to fight next month, I must keep busier,” said the Dagenham fighter, who is trained by his father and former Commonwealth champion Mo Hussain.

n Unbeaten light-middleweight Anthony Upton looks for his ninth straight success on the Goodwin Promotion at York Hall on Saturday with brother Sonny also in action.

Former Prizefighter winner Johnny Coyle bids for the vacant Southern Area light-welterweight title against local rival Philip Bowles on the promising bill.

Other Area title fights booked include Adam Dingsdale v Simon Devine, Jamie Speight v Ian Bailey and Johnny Garton v Martin Welsh, with Cassius Connor, Danny Goode and Adam Salman also set to feature.

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