Repton flex muscles in five-star display
PUBLISHED: 18:11 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:59 05 October 2010
Repton produced a five-star display at the London Schools Championships as the Bethnal Green club celebrated five title-winners at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre
By LEN WHALEY
Repton produced a five-star display at the London Schools Championships on Sunday as the Bethnal Green club celebrated five title-winners at Dagenham's Goresbrook Leisure Centre.
Hot prospect Romario Wallace led Repton's title charge with an impressive display that marked him out as one of the classiest boxer on view in a tournament of 40 contests.
Wallace's accurate attacks shook South Norwood opponent Wayne Carress from the opening bell and a solid left hook sent the south Londoner tumbling to the floor, prompting the referee to signal the end in the final seconds of the first round of the Class Three Under-52kg encounter.
Scott McNess provided another Class Three winner for Repton, picking his punches well to earn a 6-3 decision over Holington rival Gerry McDonagh in their Under-44kg duel.
Simon Baker was also in winning form for the Bethnal Green club as he proved too good for Yaha Chellil, from Dale Youth, in their Class Two Under-57kg decider.
Tommy Buckley and Perry Lovejoy completed Repton's roll-call of champions after they were awarded walkover victories at the finals.
The five Repton title-winners will now head to Oxford to take on the Home Counties champions, with the winners moving into the national quarter-finals.
But there was disappointment for Repton's former national champion Danny Arnold and team-mate Callum Channing on Sunday.
Arnold failed to produce his best form against Fisher rival Edward Cheeseman, while Channing lost his Class Two Under-42kg contest with Dale Youth's Steve Robinson on a countback.
Zack McKenzie, from Nemesis, ended the hopes of Repton's Class Two Under-44kg entry Sam Dighton after another tight decision, while Reggie Thrower fell to a battling defeat against national champion Archie Sharp, from Eltham.
Fast-improving Thrower had earlier shone in his semi-final victory against Dale Youth's Martin Ward.
Poplar boy Des Johnson, who boxes for Newham, secured the Class Two Under-46kg title with a good points win over Trojan rival Mike McDonagh.
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