Super Campbel targets ABA triumph
PUBLISHED: 11:10 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010
By LEN WHALEY REPTON giant Damien Campbell has set his sights on lifting the ABA super heavyweight title after clinching the London award with two runaway wins at York Hall. Campbell s success ended a disappointing day for the Bethnal Green club, whose f
By LEN WHALEY
REPTON giant Damien Campbell has set his sights on lifting the ABA super heavyweight title after clinching the London award with two runaway wins at York Hall.
Campbell's success ended a disappointing day for the Bethnal Green club, whose field of seven semi-final contenders produced just a single champion on Saturday.
Yet Campbell looked a winner all the way as he collected two of the most one-sided victories of the night to dash the hopes of two south London rivals.
Kingston University's Frank McNulty was sent crashing to the floor as the Repton boxer found the target with a lethal left hook in their semi final encounter.
Campbell, an England winner against the USA this season, was content to box his way through the rest of the bout and McNulty lasted the full course before losing 10-1 on the official scorecards.
It was also one-way traffic in the final against Lynn's powerful Joe Kaczorwiski as the Repton fighter's long-range jabs helped him build a points advantage in every round.
Campbell's Repton club-mate Larry Olumbamino blasted out Kaczorwiski in 90 seconds a year ago, but this time the Lynn boxer lasted the full distance before Campbell was declared a one-sided 22-3 winner by the officials.
The scoring proved much tighter for another Repton finalist as Lee Newman was ruled a 13-10 loser against Fitzroy Lodge club's strong entry Martin Welsh.
The Lodge boxer's rapid-fire attacks built up a clear lead in the first three rounds and though Newman came back strongly in the final session to shake his rival, the judges' verdict went to Welsh.
Newman had earlier continued his improved form at the championships by outscoring Earlsfield rival Robert Garvey 13-8 in their semi-final clash.
There was also disappointment for Repton lightweight Danny Clark, who was outpointed in his final by classy Nemesis boxer Luke Gibb
The Repton entry, back in action in the championships after a two-year break, gave a gutsy all-out effort but the classy punching of Gibb earned a clear vote from the judges.
The featherweight semi-final was a closer affair, which saw Repton's Lee Ballard beaten by hit-and-run Eltham opponent Junior Saeed.
Ballard was confident his cleaner punching had earned the verdict but it was Saeed who went through on a count-back after the points were level.
Repton's flyweight Oscar Webb, light-welter Irfan Sheikh and light-heavyweight Talha Lodhi were all pulled out on the day.