Repton duo capture national ABA Junior titles

Scott McNess and Lerrone Richards punched out a title double in Repton colours at the national Junior ABA finals at Barnsley on Sunday

Scott McNess and Lerrone Richards punched out a title double in Repton colours at the national Junior ABA finals at Barnsley on Sunday.

Scott McNess made it a first national title success for the Bethnal Green brigade as he added to his impressive family trophy collection at Barnsley.

He boxed his way to a 19-12 points success over Sunderland rival Jack Slater in the Class-Four 54kg final at the Royal Navy sponsored championships.

Picking his punches effectively, McNess subdued the northern hope in confident style, as he built up a clear advantage and was good value for his national award.

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Richards completed a hectic week's action when he won the Class-Six 75kg award with a clear win over Thomas Blenkinsop (Wellington).

The Repton boxer came through a delayed semi final with a points win over tough Reading rival Edmund Duraku the previous weekend and followed up with his win in Barnsley.

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He also looked too good for Blenkinsop and the only scare came in the final session when he was issued with a public warning.

However that made no difference to the score, as the Repton hope stepped up the pace in the final exchanges to win by a comfortable 17-8 points margin.

But alongside the victories there was a double disappointment for Repton's two 52kg title hopes who made their way to the Barnsley finals.

In the Class-Four 52kg final Josh Kelly (Houghton & District), triumphed against Perry Lovejoy (Repton) with a 10-6 points margin from the judges.

Lovejoy looked set for success as he found the target with his first round attacks to move into the lead.

However Kelly came back strongly in the second and third rounds to move ahead and build up a winning points advantage - the judges scored him by four points at the finish.

In the Class-Five 52kg it was another northern boxer Paul Meeham (Phil Thomas School of Boxing ) who came out on top of a closely fought tussle with Chris Ali (Repton) by a 16-13 points margin.

Meeham set up his success in the early stages of the contest, when he bustled the Repton hope out of his stride and scored with two-fisted attacks.

Ali steadied to hit back in the late staged but just failed to pull the points his way in a tight finish.

Another Repton finalist who came out on the wrong end of a points verdict on Sunday was Ben Hall in the Class Five 63kg decider.

With the help of a public warning issued by the referee in the second round, Michael McDonnell (Northside) took a 23-15 verdict over the Bethnal Green club hope who tired in the final round of a hard-fought clash.

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