Repton seniors see off Sunderland rivals
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Bethnal Green club wins team match in style
Senior trio Richie Mansende, James Fielding and Conail Gallagher rounded off Repton’s 6-1 team win over the visiting Sunderland squad at the Hallmark Hotel in Chigwell on Friday.
They completed the Bethnal Green club’s victory on the dinner show where the powerful Mansende proved too strong for northern rival Colin Fultan.
The Sunderland boxer was under fire in the latest stages of a keenly fought clash as Richie proved good value for the points verdict.
Light-middleweight Fielding was another home winner on the show, stepping up the pace as he landed the scoring shots against Sam Jones to take the judges decision.
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Sunderland’s Louie Hutchinson gave Gallagher a tough tussle in another light-middleweight meeting, but a final flurry saw a points verdict go to the Repton’s boxer.
The club’s juniors also played their part in the triumph as Stanley Wiskin gave a good display to take a points verdict against Leroy Nelson.
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Luke Hilden was a points winner over Mason Stephenson in a lively 36kg encounter and Joel Bannon came out on top of his 60kg meeting with Jaxon Laws.
Sunderland’s Callum Harrison had to battle all the way to clinch a majority verdict against Joe King in their 53kg contest
Repton’s Joseph Inman and John Connor Lee turned back challenges from Fairbairn rivals to claim London CYP titles at Harlow Dog track at the weekend.
Inman clinched his title success on Saturday, beating Fairbairn’s talented Arjon Basi in a high standard Class A 57kg final.
Lee recorded his final victory a day later in the Class B 48kg decider, when he came through a points winner over the Ilford club’s Sair Akmal.
Also taking a title in Repton colours was Joel Bannon, who defeated West Ham’s Alfie Mehegan on a split verdict after a keenly fought Class B 60kg final.
Repton’s Shiloh De Freitas outpointed James McDonagh (Northolt) in their Class C 56kg encounter and one of the best finals of the day saw West Ham’s Patrick Connors take the Class A 63kg title with a split verdict over Repton’s Michael Burke.
Repton’s Joseph Smith was outpointed in a Class A 66kg final by West Ham’s Antony O’Brien, who earlier eliminated Charlie Scott (Repton) in his semi final.
And in a Class D 69kg meeting Islington entry Yaser El Chena took the verdict against Repton’s Charlie Bennett.
A split decision went against Farhad Salam from Poplar’s Lansbury BC after a closely fought Class C 56kg encounter with Hooks BC Edward Barrett.
Salam earlier eliminated Carlos Reginini Moran (Nemesis), while Lansbury clubmate Terry Conroy was a walkover winner in the Class C 75kg division.
Repton’s Harvey Smith (Class A 44kg), Khalil Osman (46kg), Denis McCann (48kg), George Mitchell (50kg), Bill Oliphant (52kg), Adan Mohamed (54kg), Rakim Tatou (Class B 52kg), John Cole (54kg) and Charlie Rochford (63kg) all received walkovers.
Repton are due to face a strong Welsh Select line-up in a special team match at Merlins Club, Leysdown in Kent on Saturday with a 1.30pm start.
*Ben Hall looks forward to the toughest test of his career against classy American Carson Jones at Wembley on November 26.
The unbeaten super-welterweight managed and trained by Bethnal Green’s Peter Sims at his Hainault gym said: “I know some people think I am crazy to face a world class fighter like Jones in my eleventh pro fight.
“They do not know how good I am, I will show them at Wembley when I win and prove I am ready to move up to world class.
“I am in this game to win titles and become a world champion - I believe I can get there.”
Hall, a 23-year-old former Repton amateur with nine wins and a draw on his record, knows he can catapult himself on to the global stage against a fighter who gave world champion Kell Brook a hard battle and stopped Brian Rose inside a round.
The 30-year-old Oklahoman lost against both in rematches but the points defeat against world title challenger Rose was his lone defeat in his last five contests as his stopped the other four rivals.
The Jones match was first suggested by Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn after Hall halted Kris Agyei-Dua for the Southern Area title in January, but manager Sims suggested the fight could wait.
Now, after his proposed title defence against local rival Sonny Upton fell through and Hall won a warm-up fight against William Warburton, Sims has agreed to the fight on the ‘City Dreams’ bill which features several top prospects from the Matchroom camp.
Another ex-Repton amateur bidding for pro glory on the same night is Ahmet Patterson, who insists he has no worries travelling to Cardiff to face Welsh hero Liam Williams for the British super-welterweight belt.
Patterson, with 17 straight victories to his credit, is confident of picking up his fourth professional title although bookies make him a 5-2 underdog against the champion, who has 15 wins and one draw on his record.
Trained by Martin Bowers at Canning Town’s Peacock gym, the supremely confident Patterson is relishing heading into the dragons’ den to face Williams.
“It doesn’t matter where we fight. I’m completely unfazed. As long as there’s a ring we could get it on in a pub garden!” he said.
“Nothing that goes on outside of the ring is going to have any affect on the fight. When the bell goes it will be just me and Liam getting it on.”
Patterson sparkled when beating Yorkshire’s Chad Gaynor in Sheffield for the English welterweight strap in 2014 and predicts another away-day win in Cardiff, where he knows he must avoid his rival’s big punches.
“I don’t worry about power,” added the speedy Patterson. “You can only hit hard if you can land. If you can’t land anything then you’re just wasting energy. Throwing powerful punches at thin air isn’t going to get you anywhere.”