Repton send fantastic four to Schoolboys finals
PUBLISHED: 17:43 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:08 05 October 2010
Repton will look to their young stars to underline their status as the top boxing club in the country at the National Schoolboys Championships
By LEN WHALEY
Repton will look to their young stars to underline their status as the top boxing club in the country at the finals of the National Schoolboys Championships in Dagenham this weekend.
The Bethnal Green club, which has been dubbed the Home of Champions following a rich history of success in amateur boxing, will send four fighters to the Royal Navy-sponsored two-day tournament at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre.
Repton's fearsome foursome are all booked for action on the Sunday programme, which starts at 1.30pm.
Simon Baker will bid to get the club's title bid off to a winning start in his clash with Capitol's Kazeem Mahmood for the Class Two Under-57kg crown, while Class Three entries Perry Lovejoy, Romario Wallace and Tommy Buckley complete the Repton quartet.
In the Under-42kg title decider, Mark Leech, from Bridgewater, will supply the opposition for Lovejoy, while Joe Thompson will be out to end Wallace's championship challenge in the Under-52kg final.
And an exciting battle is expected in the Under-75kg showdown between Omra Basara, from Strood, and Repton's Buckley in a battle between the tournament's big boys.
The 40-bout weekend event at the Ripple Road venue represents the climax to a long championship trail and is certain to provide some high standard competition over the two days.
The London Schools' winners, who claimed their titles at Goresbrook in January, will now line up against the top champions from the North of England Schools' compteition, whose own semi-finals took place in Bolton last week, as the country's top youngsters look to highlight their careers by taking home national awards.
Top prospects Wallace and Lovejoy both booked their place in the finals after convincing semi-final wins last month, while Baker and Buckley both progressed after walkover wins.
Bow schoolboy Desmond Johnson, who represents Newham boxing club, will also be in action in Dagenham as he bids to lift the Class Two Under-46kg crown on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson faces Brian Jackson, from the Hard and Fast club in Barnsley, Yorkshire, in the title decider.