Lopes looks for debut win

PUBLISHED: 13:05 08 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:05 08 October 2014

Jose Lopes (centre) at a training camp in Turkey (pic: Goodwin Promotions)

Jose Lopes (centre) at a training camp in Turkey (pic: Goodwin Promotions)


Former Dagenham amateur joins paid ranks

Former Dagenham amateur Jose Lopes makes his professional debut on a big night of boxing on Saturday.

Lopes, 24, is in action on the Goodwin Promotions show at York Hall, where he faces a four-round test on a bill also featuring Larry Ekundayo, George Jupp, Kevin Greenwood and Johnny Garton.

The Angolan amateur international is joined on the card by brothers Anthony, Paul and Sonny Upton, who also represented Dagenham as amateurs before moving to Ireland.

The trio are now back in the UK and based at the Manchester gym of former world champion Ricky Hatton, with ligh-welterweight Anthony searching for a sixth straight win in a six-rounder, while light-middleweights Paul and Sonny face four-round bouts.

Chadwell heath light-middleweight Ben Hall looks to make it five straight wins in the paid ranks as he appears on the undercard of the big Matchroom show at the O2 Arena.

Hall apppears in a four-rounder alongside Olympic heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and John Ryder, who also train under the guidance of Tony and Peter Sims.

Lee Selby, Tommy Martin, Phillip Bowes and Erick Ochieng also appear on the O2 show.

Another former Dagenham amateur, Robin Dupre, has won four bouts in a stop-start two-year career but has linked up with Mark Burford at the Ring, in Southwark, and faces Portsmouth’s John Weeks there this weekend.

n Barking prospects George Stewart and Mohammed Ali started the new season in style with good wins on the club’s dinner show at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell on Friday.

The successful night was arranged by the Barking’s former world featherweight king Colin McMillan, raising funds for the club and the JK Shah Foundation.

Stewart showed good form against Cheshunt rival Archie Ward keeping his rival at bay with well placed shots at long range on his way to a good win.

Barking Abbey schoolboy Ali, another club hope with his sights set on a National Schoolboys title bid this season, opened the show by defeating Lynn BC opponent Mal Shafi.

Shafi tried to take the Barking boxer out of his stride, but the taller Ali made the most of his reach advantage to land effective jabs on his way to points success.

Barking new boy John Stokes showed promise on his debut, losing a points verdict against talented Lynn rival Joe Coombes.

Crowd-pleaser Blerin Pjetri and Broad Street rival Ed Lucas provided a slam bang contest, with both shaken by solid punches.

The points were in the balance, but the powerful rights of the Broad Street boxer swayed the verdict his way.

n Dagenham Boxing Club stage the first of their five shows planned for the season at the Dagenham & Redbridge FC’s Victoria Road on Friday October 17.

Club captain Conor McNicholas and clubmates Louie Taylor, George Landers, Kerim and Tariq Agius and senior lightweight Perry Holland are matched on a bright bill.

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