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Hat-trick of national schoolboy boxing titles for Repton

10:40 11 March 2010

Johnny Baker ws a winner for Repton

Johnny Baker ws a winner for Repton

Three Repton club fighters clinched ABA Schools Championships at Brentwood last weekend as Jimmy Smith and Baker boys Johnny and Simon came good in the Royal Navy sponsored finals

Three Repton club fighters clinched ABA Schools Championships at Brentwood last weekend as Jimmy Smith and Baker boys Johnny and Simon came good in the Royal Navy sponsored finals.

Simon Baker completed the Bethnal Green club treble on Sunday, afternoon when he cut down lofty rival Ibrahim Shah, the former national and three nations champion from Blackburn's Gloves BC.

The pressure of a major final saw the Repton boxer forsake his skilled boxing for a more aggressive style, but it unsettled the Lancashire boxer who failed to make the most of his reach advantage, as Baker moved inside to land solid shots.

The exchanges were often untidy, but it was the Repton boxer who landed the more effective blows to take home the 60kg Class Three title by a 10-7 points margin.

A day earlier it was Johnny Baker winning the Class Two 54kg award, with a more one-sided victory over Lewis Dobson, the Merseyside boxer who captured a national title a year earlier.

However, Baker made sure there was no title repeat for the St Aloysius BC entry and he dominated the action from the opening bell, scoring with effective attacks.

The Bethnal Green club hope continued in control of the action until the final bell clinched the title by a 9-1 points verdict.

Jimmy Smith's Class One 44kg success over Khaleel Majid (Bridgewater, Salford) was a much closer affair with just a single points separating the pair at the final bell.

The pair traded blows in every round with Smith taking a first-round lead, but then fell behind as the Bridgewater club hope slammed back in the second session.

However, it was the Repton boxer who was pulling the points his way in the final session, rocking his rival with solid punches to take the verdict by a 5-4 margin - and collect Repton's first winners award at the championships.

Just one bout earlier there had been the reverse result for Repton's Class One 40kg hope Frank Baker, who lost the verdict in the final round against Sheffield rival Dalton Smith.

The Repton boxer had led after the first and second round on the official points scoring, but it was Smith who launched the all-out last-round effort to sway the verdict his way by a single point.

There was also a first day setback for Repton's Obie Coates who failed to produce the punches to subdue strong Donnington BC choice Liam Davies in the Class Two 38kg decider.

It was Davies dictating the exchanges in the opening round and then following up in similar style in the second to move into a 4-1 lead on the official scorecard.

The Repton hope came back well in the final session, but could not make up the leeway and was voted a 5-2 loser.

There was a last bout disappointment for the Bethnal Green club after the points defeat suffered by James Branch against Dean Rooney from Liverpool's Furs Boxing club.

Repton officials thought that Branch had landed enough solid shots with the referee tolling a count over Rooney, to make sure of the verdict.

However, the judges scored the pair level at the final bell with the official countback giving the narrowest of verdicts - and the Class Three 70kg title to Rooney.

Repton's Danny Arnold was also the victim of controversial judging in his final with James Foster (Retford) for the Class Three 48kg decider on Sunday.

The Repton boxer found the target with some sharp attacks, but the last round effort of the northern youngster saw the judges scored him the winner by a 4-3 margin.

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