Hall over for champion Gerry
PUBLISHED: 16:14 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 02 July 2010
Dagenham BC schoolboy Ben Hall launched his bid for Golden Gloves honours in style at the Five Star club in Harold Hill on Saturday with a big upset win over Newham s former national titleholder Gerry Walsh. The pair clashed in an evenly-fought Class thre
Dagenham BC schoolboy Ben Hall launched his bid for Golden Gloves honours in style at the Five Star club in Harold Hill on Saturday with a big upset win over Newham's former national titleholder Gerry Walsh.
The pair clashed in an evenly-fought Class three under-54kg encounter at the north east London divisional championships with the far more experienced Newham boxer piling on the early pressure.
However, Warren schoolboy Hall came back with effective counter-punching attacks to shake his rival.
The Dagenham boxer stepped up the pace in the final minute of the contest to take the points decision on a majority vote from the judges - a victory that ranks as the best of his 11-bout career.
The Golden Gloves is the ABA replacement for the old national schools competition and the winner now goes forward to the London semi-finals and finals at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Sunday.
He will be accompanied by Barking's under-52kg entry Alfie Revell, who went through on a walkover win.
However, there was disappointment for the Barking club in the Class three under-50kg division with the exit of George Penny.
Tony Coyle (West Ham) proved too strong for below-par Penny taking over with strong attacks in the second.
Former Dagenham boxer Harry Rodgers, now boxing at West Ham BC, went through in the Class three under-48kg section at the Five Star club - also with a win over a national champion.
He produced the effective punches against Jamie Austin (Newham) and moves forward on the Golden Gloves trail after taking the judges majority points vote.
Austin started strongly but the second round saw Rodgers find his range, boxing well on the back foot and countering effectively to make sure of the verdict.