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Repton set new record as juniors boost haul

PUBLISHED: 10:55 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010

By LEN WHALEY REPTON Boxers lifted three national titles at the Royal Navy junior ABA finals in Liverpool last weekend to complete an all-time club record of TWELVE national champions in one season. Victories by Brett Beadon, Lerrone Richards and Martin

By LEN WHALEY

REPTON Boxers lifted three national titles at the Royal Navy junior ABA finals in Liverpool last weekend to complete an all-time club record of TWELVE national champions in one season.

Victories by Brett Beadon, Lerrone Richards and Martin Ward on Saturday followed Repton's earlier success of five NACYP titles and four Golden Gloves schoolboy winners this year.

The haul of national trophies has seen the Bethnal Green club once again live up to their billing as the Home of Champions.

Ward added another trophy to his impressive list of honours earned at home and abroad as he swept to success against Bolton's Chris Blinkhorn at the Everton Park Sports Centre.

Blinkhorn, from the Withern School club, looked out of his depth as Ward dictated every round of their class five 48kg final.

The Repton youngster was quick to stamp his class on the bout and his accurate shots regularly breached his rival's defences.

Ward never looked like losing a round as he continued to dictate the contest and was not flattered by the 6-2 margin in his favour.

Beadon's class four 54kg duel with northern rival Billy Dolan, from Birtley boxing club, developed into a scrappy affair with both boxers receiving warnings from the referee.

The Repton boxer landed the more effective punches and although the two fighters were both guilty of rule infringements, the referee moved in during the final session to disqualify Dolan for repeated holding.

Beadon admitted: "I didn't box great. It was a scrappy fight but he kept holding me. I'm really pleased to have won and can't wait to go on to box for England in the future."

Richards came through a tough contest against Roche rival Jack Steffe in their class four 70kg decider

Close exchanges in the opening two rounds meant that the pair went into the final session level on points.

But it was in the final round that the Repton boxer produced his best form to move in front and take the verdict by a single point.

Repton duo Sam McNess and Mo Raza had to be satisfied with runners up awards in Liverpool.

McNess lost a points verdict against non-stop northerner Callum Winton, from Hartlepool Catholic, in the class four 60kg final.

Inexperienced Raza dropped a points clash against Tameside Elite's Danny Benson in the class five 9lkg duel.

Raza, appearing in only his fourth contest, gave a game display and will certainly benefit from the experience of an appearance in the national finals.


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