More reward for Repton
PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 March 2015
Club quartet lift national titles
Tommy Roberts, John Johnson and Jesse Dean Harris won junior awards alongside Henry Turner’s cadet success in the national finals at Sheffield as Repton boxers won a quartet of titles on Sunday.
The Bethnal Green club’s conveyor belt of national award winners continues under the guidance of the outstanding coaching team headed by father and son Bobby and Robert Beck.
European Schools’ champion Johnson again showed the power punching pressure to sweep aside the challenge of Wirral’s Adam Young in their 63kg decider.
John’s hard-hitting attacks proved too much for a brave rival, just as they had proved decisive a day earlier with a clear-cut semi final success over Houghton’s Tom Dickson.
Roberts had the benefit of a semi-final bye, but was put to the test in the 50kg final by Rochdale opponent Muavia Nasim (Queensway).
Nasim showed determination in an all-out effort to clinch the title, but the class of the Repton boxer was decisive as he took a unanimous verdict.
At 80kg it was Harris who had to box his semi-final against Redcar’s Ben Jarvis, winning 3-0, while Barnstaple’s Flynn Elworthy received a bye.
However the Repton boxer repeated his winning form with a convincing final display as he outscored the Devon hope and was given a unanimous decision.
Repton’s new junior champion Turner also had the benefit of a semi-final bye before facing Michael Stewart (Birtley) in the 50kg final.
The pair were rivals in the 2014 Schools’ finals, but once again on Sunday it was Turner coming out on top of a high class clash taking the verdict from all three judges.
A very tight split verdict in the Cadet 38kg finals went against Repton’s John Lee at the end of a desperately close thriller with Chris Windle from Bradford’s Platinum BC.
A split verdict also ended the title hopes of Repton’s Mohammed Khan in his semi-final at 57kg when he was outpointed by John Dunne (Boxing Clever).
Isaac Johnson suffered a setback in Saturday’s clashes when he was beaten by top class Birtley entry Jacob Dickenson in a 54kg clash.
Jamal Khan had entered the championships under the Repton banner, but later switched to The Ring BC and lost his 52kg final against Platinum BC’s Jake Leeming.
n Repton’s Jamie Branch, last year’s England finalist, launched his 2015 campaign by beating Paul Mendez (Peacock) and now faces old rival Lawrence Okolie of Dagenham tomorrow (Friday).
The pair were both at the Repton club - but far from friends - when they clashed in the NE London championships in 2014, when Branch won and went on to reach the national final, an outstanding achievement for an 18-year-old heavyweight.
The duo meet again on the Broad Street show at the Troxy Limehouse, with the winner aiming for the London finals at Croydon on Sunday.
Broad Street plan a good show tonight, also featuring their own boxers Ray Miah, Tate Shipman, Frankie Edwards, Sheikh Monson Ahmed, Mohammed Yusuf Thahmim, Joe Philipson, Don Mole, Mohammed Kizeer Ahmed Morgan Shipman, Reggie Harrison and Naym Ahmed.
It’s a big night for Ovill McKenzie and Tom Baker as they face title fight action on the Frank Warren card at York Hall tomorrow.
Peacock gym-based McKenzie defends his British and Commonwealth cruiserweight titles against northerner Matty Askin in a delayed showdown.
Unbeaten east Londoner Baker, trained by Mark Tibbs, meets Kevin Greenwood for the vacant Southern Area super-middleweight belt and is confident he will take his first pro title.
Miles Shinkwin defends the Area light-heavyweight title against Richard Horton on a bright bill that also features Mitchell Smith, Gary Corcoran and Romeo Romaeo.
An army of east London boxing fans will roar on Kevin Mitchell when he he gets home advantage to challenge Venezuela’s Jorge Linares for the WBC lightweight crown at The O2 Arena on May 30.
Mitchell takes on three-weight world champion Linares on the same show that sees Welsh stylist Lee Selby tackle IBF world featherweight king Evgeny Gradovich on one of London’s biggest nights of the year.
With heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua MBE taking on Kevin Johnson, promoter Eddie Hearn boasts a bumper bill, but even the challenger has been shocked by the early ticket requests for the show.
“When I challenged Michael Katsidis for the interim world title at West Ham five years ago there was a heavy demand for tickets,” said 30-year-old Mitchell.
“But it’s even bigger this time, for the O2 show. It’s great to see the fans are getting behind me already and with their support I am even more confident I can take that world title.”
Mitchell is well pleased that Matchroom boss Hearn won the purse bids to stage the fight and can look forward to his big chance at the same venue where he has fought regularly in the past.
Hearn added: “I’m delighted to deliver Kevin’s shot in the UK and he has have every chance of becoming world champion on May 30.”
Mitchell will be joined on the show by another former West Ham amateur in Lucien Reid who, like Mitchell, enjoyed amateur success and claimed an ABA Elite title in club colours.
The 21-year-old Reid has signed with the Matchroom team and will make his paid debut at super-bantamweight having joined the pro stable of Peter Sims at Hainault, where he trains alongside Wadi Camacho and Ben Hall.