Repton on cloud nine
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Youngster shine on successful day
Repton were on cloud nine as a host of their young boxers celebrated a successful day at the London Junior/Cadet finals at Harold Hill on Sunday.
There was a amily affair for the Johnson twins John and Isaac who both took titles, with European champion John winning on a walkover in the junior 63kg section.
Isaac’s success came in the Cadet 54kg division, where he proved too strong for White Hart Lane rival Armando Goral and took a points verdict.
Johnson’s win completed the haul for Repton, following Henry Turner’s success over Fisher rival Liam Hickey in a high standard 50kg final.
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Turner provided the more effective shots, including close range left hooks, as he subdued his talented south London opponent and took a points verdict.
Two Repton junior entries had earlier turned back determined challenges from Bodyshots opponents in entertaining finals.
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John Hanrahan controlled his clash with Luke Cullum in a keenly fought 54kg final to continue the victory march of the Bethnal Green club.
Feisal Mohammed Khan had to box twice to win the NE London title, but added another success when he eliminated Michael Hennessy (Bodyshots) in a 57kg encounter.
Tommy Roberts continued the Repton march, going through in the junior 50kg section at the expense of Harrow rival George Sarton.
Other Bethnal Green club members with walkover wins on the day were Jesse Harris, John Lee and Jamal Khan.
The title trail ended for Leonard Chambers, though, as hedropped a tight verdict to talented Reece Parchment (Earslfield) in the 48kg Cadet section.
The Earlsfield club hosts the pre quarter-final contests this weekend when the London winners face the Eastern Counties champions.
n Repton’s Harvey Horn made a battling debut for the British Lionhearts against Mexican opposition at York Hall last Thursday.
Light-flyweight Horn, roared on by a strong supporting squad, fought well, but found rival Joselito Velazquez too tough and dropped a points decision.
n There was double success for Repton duo Fred Moss and Jack Oliphont, who recorded third-round wins against home club opposition on Friday’s Lion show.
Moss forced standing counts against Gerard McDonagh before referee Keith Mills halted the contest in the final round.
Former Repton boxer Jordan Moore (Lion) also took standing counts as Oliphont landed heavy hooks and Mills stepped in at the start of the third.
n Lansbury BC prospect James Fernley showed promise as he outpointed Harwich rival Bailey Bundle in a bright bout on the Five Star show at Harold Hill on Saturday.
n Former Repton amateur Frank Buglioni defended his WBO European title in just 85 seconds at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
Super-middleweight titleholder Buglioni towered over Croatian Ivan Jukic and clearly carried too much power for the stocky challenger.
A two-fisted head and body barrage, finished by a powerful right, dropped Jukic to the floor in the opening minute of the clash.
And although he climbed up, Jukic was floored by a similar assault before referee Steve Gray signalled the end of the one-sided action.
Another ex-Repton fighter, unbeaten welterweight Ahmet Patterson, was forced to pull out of his England title defence against northerner Glenn Foot.
A viral infection had prevented Patterson from training and prompted his withdrawal from the big Frank Warren bill, with the fight to be rescheduled.
Bethnal Green’s York Hall is gearing up for a boxing bonanza, with the first of three Goodwin Promotions in 15 days taking place on Saturday, followed by a Frank Warren show on March 28.
It will be a family affair with three Upton brothers, trained by former world champion Ricky ‘Hitman’ Hatton, all on show.
Anthony Upton has seven straight wins to his credit and will tower six inches above stocky Lubos Priehradnik - and should have too much ability for the Slovakian.
Paul who goes for his seventh straight victory and looks the choice to make it a winning night against Croatian opponent Zoran Cvek in their super-welterweight clash.
And Sonny, the third member of the clan, meets Slovakian Ivan Duvancic having bounced back from a shock defeat in his last York Hall appearance to win in Mayfair four weeks ago.
Unbeaten lightweight Ben Day and middleweights Kris Aygei Dua, Matthew Chanda, Ollie Pinnock, Rakeem Noble and Sohail Ahmad are named on the show, which is followed by further Goodwin bills on March 14 and 21.