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Daggers play part for Met Police

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 October 2014

Dagenham's Dan McNicholas (right) beat Fairbairn rival Umair Ansari on their club show

Dagenham's Dan McNicholas (right) beat Fairbairn rival Umair Ansari on their club show

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Local boxers help beat New Yorkers

Dagenham boxers Stephen Lee and Darryl Jones played their part in a 7-3 team win for the London Met Police against a visiting New York Squad at London’s Tower Hotel on Saturday.

Lee featured in a hard-hitting contest against Claudio Sergio, landing the cleaner punches against a tough rival to take a unanimous decision.

Jones launched a powerful overhand right just 30 seconds into his bout with Dan Olega to send his rival crashing to defeat and the New Yorker needed oxygen before leaving the ring to applause.

Southpaw prospect Serena Whybrow dominated the early exchanges at long range against New York State champion Juleit Ladisa, but her shorter rival slammed back to take the verdict.

Daggers middleweight debutant Dave Hackett looked unlucky in dropping a split decision against American Shep Davis after forcing the pace from the opening bell.

n Dagenham’s Daniel McNicholas bounced back from defeat on his own club show to earn a victory at Fairbairn’s tournament at Chigwell’s Prince Regent Hotel on Friday.

Home club rival Umair Ansari traded punches with the Dagenham boxer in the opening round, but McNicholas, with brother and club captain Conor roaring support, took control.

McNicholas found the gaps in the Fairbairn boxer’s defence with accurate long range shots in the final two rounds to make sure of the points decision.

Fairbairn’s Hamza Namajee – beaten on the Dagenham show – enjoyed success on Friday when he outscored Haddenham rival Nathan Smith.

Other home winners on the bright Fairbairn bill included Joshua Gustav, who punched too hard for Alex Gough (Marvels Lane) and won in the third round.

Krystian Ozog (Fairbairn) was an even quicker winner as he halted Haddenham’s outgunned Ashley Fitzgerald in the opening round.

Haroon Nikai was also in winning form for the hosts, battling through for a third round win over Ainsley Adams (Margate).

British Universities 2014 champion Toyin Afolabi made a winning return to club action as he proved too talented for Finchley’s Yaser Chena and took a unanimous verdict.

n Barking’s hard-hitting Blerin Pjetri and Broad Street rival Ed Zucas provided another slam-bang contest on the Stepney Club show.

Pjetri was aiming to reverse an earlier loss and once again both boxers were rocked by powerful punches in tough exchanges, but the verdict again went to Zukas.

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After a month without any big-time boxing in East London, two attractive bills are due to clash on November 29 at the ExCel Arena in Docklands and Bethnal Green’s York Hall.

Frank Warren promotes his big show of the year featuring grudge matches between heavyweights Derek Chisora and Tyson Fury and unbeaten middleweights Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank jr at the ExCel.

Meanwhile Steve Goodwin has moved aDecember show to November 29 at York Hall and includes Dagenham’s Tony Conquest and Barking’s Israrullah Yacobzai on a packed bill.

Also listed for action at York Hall are heavyweights Ali Adams and Richard Towers, plus Lee Markham, Ashley Hill, Karl Ozimkowski, Ben Day, Matthew Chanda, Grant Dennis and Adam Salman.


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