Dagenham youngsters earn share of success in the ring on travels to different shows

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 May 2018

Akash Bhangal celebrates his latest win with Dagenham coaches Spencer Landers and James Cole

Akash Bhangal celebrates his latest win with Dagenham coaches Spencer Landers and James Cole


Dagenham BC youngsters had mixed fortunes on three different shows over the course of the past week.

Two were in action at the East London Boxing Academy’s charity dinner show at Chigwell’s Prince Regent Hotel, held in conjunction with the Breyer Foundation, last Thursday.

And Akash Bhanjal got his own back on Zeeshan Ali, after losing a split decision on the Dagenham show four weeks ago, in their rematch.

Bhangal used his height and reach well to counter a shorter rival in a fantastic battle between two courageous fighters to earn a unanimous points win after following strict instructions from coach Spencer Landers and changing tactics.

Matteo Lussu made his debut for Daggers against ELBA’s tall and rangy Ben Pascal, conceding considerable weight, height and reach advantages, but pressing forward only to lose a unanimous decision.

Friday saw two more Daggers in action at the Eastgate show in Bury St Edmunds, where Sydney Russell pupil Teddy Carroll met Halstead’s Louie Palmer in an action-packed affair.

But he mixed it at close range too often, when he should have kept at long range, and lost on a unanimous decision, hoping for a rematch at the Dagenham show at the Roundhouse on May 25.

Awais Khan boxed to orders, using his speed to outbox Kyle McKechnie (Thetford ABC) in a very skilful contest between a well-matched pair.

And Khan edged it on the scorecards of all three judges after an excellent technical display.

Dagenham’s Jude Binding took on Ron Belkin (New Saints ABC) in the National Schoolboys’ Championship quarter-finals at Feltham’s Springwest Academy on Sunday.

And in an even Class A 45.5kg contest, the pair had their share of success, but Belkin was able to use his considerable reach and height advantage to hussle his was to a very tight split points decision, to move into next weekend’s National semi-finals.

Dagenham’s Sonny Flack is scheduled for National semi-final action at the Harrow Leisure Centre on Sunday, where he meets either George Welsh (West Kingsdown) or Jesse Lunnon (Gloucester ABC) in the 62kg Class B semi-final.

Flack reached the National Final last season.

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