Hall sacrifices title bid to answer England call
PUBLISHED: 17:37 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:08 05 October 2010
Repton schoolboy Ben Hall faces the most important bout of his career after joining the England national squad for a trip to Poland
Ben Hall, the Repton schoolboy boxer, faces the most important bout of his career this month after answering a call to join the England national squad for a two-match trip to Poland.
Hall, a former member of Dagenham boxing club, now wears the colours of Repton and has this week decided to box for his country even though it signals the end of his challenge for honours in the national CYP Youth Championships.
He had advanced from the last-eight of the competition at Aldershot last week following one of the best wins of his career, a points success over Young England choice Mieley Lee, from Guildford City.
Lee had defeated Hall a year ago when they clashed in a national final and they met once again last Saturday in an Under-57kg clash in the quarter-finals of the CYP Youth tournament.
This time it was Hall taking control of the exchanges and landing the more effective shots to make sure of the verdict by a 4-2 margin.
But Hall will not take his place in the national semi-finals after opting to link up with the England Schools squad in Poland, meaning Lee is now likely to be reinstated in his place.
Other Repton winners at Aldershot included Class A Under-60kg entry Andrew Doe, who also came through against a Guildford City opponent, recording a deserved victory over Felix Cash by a 10-6 margin.
In the Class B Under-48kg duel, Repton's Louie Rose outscored Ben Taylor, from Sussex's Adur club, to progress to the semi-finals following a 10-7 verdict.
At 63kgs Repton's classy Sammy McNess left little doubt about his right to a semi-final place as he defeated Mitchell Philpott, from Berry Boys club in Essex, by a 7-3 margin in a one-sided contest.
Repton's Class C Under-69kg entry Tom Baker also impressed as he boxed his way to a 13-1 victory over strong rival George Carman, from Guildford.
Repton prospects Mo Raza and Jimmy Smith will also join their team-mates in advancing to the national semi-finals after receiving walkover wins in Hampshire.
But there was disappointment for the Bethnal Green club's youngster Chris Ali, who was defeated by a single point against Joe Stevens, from Billericay, while Brett Beadon dropped a controversial verdict against Luke Coppin, from Brentwood.