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Title hopes on parade

PUBLISHED: 15:51 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:09 02 July 2010

DAGENHAM Boxing Club are confident that they will add to their impressive title list of 18 champions in the past decade with some bright hopes in the gym. They launch their first title campaign of 2008 on Saturday when the national schoolboys tournament -

DAGENHAM Boxing Club are confident that they will add to their impressive title list of 18 champions in the past decade with some bright hopes in the gym.

They launch their first title campaign of 2008 on Saturday when the national schoolboys tournament - now called the Golden Gloves - gets underway at the Five Star Boxing club HQ in Harold Hill.

The Police and Community ever-enthusiastic club chief 'Dagger' Dan O'Sullivan is currently trying to take a less prominent role with the club but still beats the drum for the young guns who have been looking good in the gym.

These include cousins Ben and Alfie Hall, both tipped for championship success this season with Ben starting out in the Golden Gloves on Saturday.

The 14-year-old schoolboy hope has looked in impressive form winning seven of his nine contests.

Hall will be seeking success in the Class three under-54kg section at the schoolboys tournament where competition is certain to be keen at the with more than 30 bouts scheduled on the packed programme.

Also lined up for action at the Harold Hill venue is another Dagenham prospect, in-form Kenny Harman, who enters the Class three under-36kg division.

Dagenham were disappointed that recent arrival Vahe Kristiyat had to withdraw from the London London Feds Youth competition which started last weekend because of illness.

However, they are now looking for the hard-hitting teenager to make his mark in the Junior ABA competition.

O'Sullivan himself lines up with a squad of senior coaches including Mark Patrick, Jimmy Bush, Alan Southwick, Bill Bush and Peter Weekes.

Dagenham juniors have been making progress under Nicky Nunn, who coaches the squad alongside alongside Mick Hall, Ian Chegwin and ex-club boxer Deano Smith.

Also committed to the Daggers cause are Keith Mills, Jason Gullefer, Steve 'Taxi' Jones and Billy 'The Ice Man' Graydon all nurturing 'new arrivals' at the Heathway-based club's nursery class.

Other rising talents at the Police and Community club include Ross Magee, Charlie Law, Reid Hill, Jay Wheeler, Sammy Zuber, Joe Harding and the exciting senior prospects including Tony Conquest at cruiserweight and Jamie Bishop.

Club favourite Darren Orwell may well be missing from the line-up of the Divisional Senior Championships next month after the recent birth of his first child Elsie.

O'Sullivan insists they will continue to chase Bethnal Green success-club Repton who include former Dagenham boxers James Cole, Michael McCarthy and Lee Newman in their impressive ranks.

'Dagger Dan' points out with pride that: "Dagenham boxers have had more wins than losses against Repton opponents in contests over the past 12 years - a statistic which very few clubs can match.

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