Sweet revenge as Beadon reaches semi-finals

Repton's Brett Beadon gained revenge over Brentwood rival Luke Copping after slamming his way to a quarter-final win at the Junior ABA Championships

Repton's Brett Beadon gained sweet revenge over Brentwood rival Luke Copping after slamming his way to a quarter-final win at the Junior ABA Championships at the Seawick Holiday Park in St Osyth, Essex on Sunday.

Copping had gained the verdict over Beadon when they clashed earlier in the Boys Club championship, but the Repton fighter took early control in their return meeting.

He rammed home solid punches from the opening bell, shaking the Brentwood boxer as he found the target with accurate jabs and solid hooks.

And Beadon extended his lead in the second and third rounds to take a clear points verdict and advance to the semi-finals.

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In another clash between Repton and Brentwood fighters, the Bethnal Green club's George O'Mahoney eliminated Eastern Counties-winner John Dignum.

Following an even opening round, O'Mahoney forced his rival through the ropes with a blistering second-round assault.

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Dignum tried to hit back, but the Repton boxer was not to be denied and slammed home more solid shots to force the referee's intervention.

Sam McNess also unleashed a barrage of powerful shots in the opening round of his clash with Southend's Ray Philpott, who needed the respite of a standing count from the referee.

The brave Eastern Counties champion showed courage to survive the full distance but McNess took a unanimous verdict.

Tommy Baker was also in winning form for the Bethnal Green club as he proved too good for Jim Goodjohn, from Haddenham.

The Repton winners will now compete in the Southern Area semi-finals, which are staged at two venues this weekend. Saturday's action begins at 1pm at Earlsfield BC in Garratt Lane, SW18 while the competition switches to Hayes Working Men's Club on Sunday (2pm).

The winning semi-finalists will advance to the national finals in Liverpool later this month.

Lansbury BC teenager Taz Sayef defeated Dagenham rival George Stafford on Saturday's Dagenham BC show at Newbury Park.

The duo provided a superb bout with 15-year-old Sayef showing real promise on his club debut.

Lansbury's Frankie Edwards also impressed with a skilful display in his bout against Ethen Hall, from Dagenham.

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