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Boxing finals cancelled over ‘threat to life’

PUBLISHED: 09:33 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:33 01 April 2016

Newham's Jimmy Sains is chasing a national title

Newham's Jimmy Sains is chasing a national title

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Five Star's Alex O'Halloran with coach Eddie KellyFive Star's Alex O'Halloran with coach Eddie Kelly

Young boxers from across east London have been rocked by the news that the National ABA Junior & Cadet Championships in Portsmouth this weekend have been cancelled on police advice, after warnings of a ‘threat to life’.

Bethnal Green’s Repton club was sending 11 of its young fighters to the event at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, while Newham’s Jimmy Sains, Patrick Connors of West Ham and Fairbairn pair Rajan Batchu and Aaron Lawrence had also made it through qualifying rounds, along with Alex O’Halloran from Romford’s Five Star club.

But a statement from England Boxing said: “The police said that there exists a threat to members and our top priority must be the safety of our members.”

Other details surrounding the reasons behind the cancellation of the event have not yet been released, only that the threat is “serious” and to release more information at this point “might also put people at risk”.

Fairbairn's Aaron LawrenceFairbairn's Aaron Lawrence

England Boxing’s statement added: “The fact that young boxers have not been able to box is a tragedy. The fact there has been a financial loss to clubs and families is a tragedy.

“The fact anyone might want to endanger life at a boxing event is beyond our understanding and if it’s true it is disgraceful.”

There had been a suggestion of moving the event to Wakefield in Yorkshire, but no such confirmation has yet been made.

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