Mixed fortunes for Daggers youngsters at regional finals of NABGC Championships
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 November 2018
Dagenham youngsters had mixed fortunes at the National Association of Boys & Girls’ Club Championships London finals at the weekend.
Double national champion Tariq Agius has been training with the national team since his return from injury and sent a clear message to the England Boxing selectors at the Roundhouse.
Facing national representative and multi-titled rival Jonathan O’Donnell (Powerday Hooks) in the Class B 50kg final, Agius stamped his authority on the bout from the first ball.
After stunning his opponent with powerful combinations in the first round, Agius continued to dominate in the second.
And after forcing three standing eight counts in quick succession, Agius was declared the winner by experienced referee Tony Kennelly and moves into the quarter-finals on November 25.
Clubmate Akash Bhangal had been pipped to a Development Championship title a week earlier and conceded vast experienced to Repton’s Luke Bellfield in the Class B 54kg final.
But despite losing a unanimous points decision in an excellent performance, he will have gained much from a bout against a Three Nations and domestic champion.
Bellfield started fast and Akash wasn’t able to match his quick attacks in the first round, but gradually gained confidence in the second round.
Bhangal forced the pace in the third round and his opponent was warned for holding on, but the Repton fighter took the win.
Awais Khan – a semi-finalist in the Development Championships – travelled to the Hornets ABC show in Ramsgate where he met Ayden Terry (TKO Folkstone).
And Awais used nifty footwork and intelligent counter-boxing to win a unanimous points decision from the judges.
Dagenham BC hold their second boxing show of the season at the Roundhouse, Dagenham on Friday (November 9) with the first bell due to ring at 7.30pm.
The club have an excellent line-up of 15 Dagenham boxers, including debuts for schoolboys Jack Cant, Jack Ilott and Brodie Gingell.
Tomas Svedas, Michael Omokaxode, Michael Bankole Waqar Rafiq, Nasib Mawanga and Shaun Stewart are also scheduled to compete, while Yunus Abbais and Jonathan Camiller are due to appear on the Lion ABC show in Hoxton on Sunday (November 11).