Repton net five titles in York Hall masterclass

PUBLISHED: 16:15 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY MICHAEL NORGROVE led Repton s five-star display at the London ABA novice finals on Sunday when he blasted two quick wins to take the Under-75kg title. The Bethnal Green club, nicknamed the Home of Champions, produced five winners at York Ha


MICHAEL NORGROVE led Repton's five-star display at the London ABA novice finals on Sunday when he blasted two quick wins to take the Under-75kg title.

The Bethnal Green club, nicknamed the Home of Champions, produced five winners at York Hall as Gavin Curragh, Phil Bowes, Joe Knighton and Reece Shagourie also slammed their way to title triumphs.

Norgrove's powerful attacks shook Fisher rival Jim Brown in the opening round and a series of solid shots in the second round saw the referee call a halt in the Repton boxer's favour.

Twickenham's Ollie Davies provided the final opposition but once again it was the powerful punching of Norgrove that swept him to a second-round success and the London title.

In the Class A Under-69kg section, Curragh ended the hopes of Epsom opponent Billy English with a comfortable points win before punching his way to the title against Eltham's Johnny Holden in the final.

Bowes clinched another title for Repton in the Class A Under-64kg category with a pair of impressive victories over Brian Halford, from Epsom, and Hayes rival Andy O'Neill.

Knighton collected the Class B Under-69kg award with a determined display to end the hopes of Fitzroy Lodge fighter Chris Esiaka, taking a clear verdict for his title success.

And Shagourie joined the club's victory march when he was left without opposition in the Under-81kg division, taking the title on a walkover.

The Bethnal Green club had earlier produced a dominant showing in the Junior Novice championships as George O'Mahoney staged a late rally to join his three Repton club-mates in the national finals, which take place at the Five Star boxing club in Harold Hill, Romford on Saturday (1pm).

O'Mahoney's semi-final clash at Lymington, Hampshire on Sunday looked to be slipping away when southpaw rival Lee Johnson, from the Stacey club, held a one-point advantage at the start of the final round.

But the Repton boxer piled on the pressure to take the round by seven points and book his place in the final.

Repton club-mate Chris Ali proved too good for Mayflower's Ben Johnson and also booked a spot in the finals, where he will be joined by Lucien Reid and Connor Packman, who gained walkover wins in the semi-finals.

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