Dan Towards versus Ramtin Musah might be one of many bouts to observe within the England Boxing Elite championships. John Dennen watched the event progress to the quarter-final stage
THE nationwide Elite championships reached the pre quarter-final stage on the Spiceball leisure centre in Banbury on November 28.
At 75kgs Dan Towards confirmed that he’s one to observe in opposition to Hodbox’s Sam King. The 2 started by feinting, seeking to set up their respective jabs. The Birtley southpaw’s hand pace started to chop by. He swept his again hand into the physique. These photographs landed with a strong thud. Quickly he was putting by fast one-twos. He measured the space between them effectively, swaying his head again from King’s jab and backing neatly out of vary when Sam pressed ahead. Towards tapped him along with his personal proper and his left flashed in. He was elusive, stepping out to his proper, then his left, switching up the course of his motion. King saved up his depth, heaving his cross over. However Towards completed stabbing in a proper up shut, a strong shot that appeared, momentarily, to shake King. Towards took a unanimous determination win and heads right into a quarter-final in opposition to Beartown’s Ramtin Musah this weekend, a bout that’s worthy of being the ultimate.
Billericay’s George Liddard additionally gained at middleweight. He landed heavy rights on Arran Devine, displaying his power-punching from the primary spherical. He gave Devine a depend within the second and gained a unanimous determination.
Hodbox’s Invoice Oliphant is a towering 64kgs. However Manor’s Owen Durnam began effectively and continued to ramp up his momentum by the competition. He closed down the area between them shortly and blasted in his southpaw left. Oliphant fought him on the within. Together with his again on the ropes he dug in a proper uppercut. However Durnam was undeterred. He threw his proper, then the left, earlier than hooking that backhand into the physique. Regardless of Oliphant tagging him, Durnam continued to swarm ahead and gained a unanimous determination.
Birtley’s Brandon Morrison gained one other 64kgs pre quarter-final. The Royal Navy’s Ben Grant saved up a excessive tempo of labor however Morrison hit again with gusto, his southpaw mixtures beginning to tag Grant as he got here on. Morrison drew blood from Grant’s nostril and he secured a unanimous determination win.
Additionally at 64kgs Eastside’s Ibraheem Sulimaan progressed, taking a unanimous determination over Transport’s Anthony McKenna.
At 56kgs Salisbury’s Curtis Wiggins defeated skilled Military boxer Shamin Khan, taking a cut up determination.
Welterweight Billy Potter was victorious for Everton Purple Triangle. He dished out punishment. Behind a double jab his proper crashed into H Hour’s Jake McGuire. With one other head shot he gave McGuire a depend and continued to fireside flush photographs by. McGuire would reply with a proper of his personal within the second spherical nevertheless it simply bounced off Potter. He prodded Jack right into a nook and dashed one other proper into him. Gritty, McGuire withstood these onslaughts however couldn’t cease a unanimous determination going Potter’s means.
Moulescombe had a winner at 81kgs in Liam Forest, who unanimously outscored Epic GG’s Sonny Steele.
At 60kgs Fawaz Abid put in some good work in opposition to Anglo Boxing’s Tyler Kelly. He moved off from Kelly’s swift punches earlier than darting again in along with his fast counters. Kelly started to catch Abid within the second spherical, sweeping a proper hook throughout and putting his backhand in to complete an change. He continued to trace after Hodbox’s Abid, who slashed his proper down and completed aggressively. However Kelly took a cut up determination win.
The final bout of the day fell to the super-heavyweights. Newark’s Michael Lindsay collided with Studio’s Simon Ibekwe. They received caught up in clinches within the first spherical, the referee took some extent off Ibekwe for holding. The 2 started to search out area for his or her work. Ibekwe swung a hook by and compelled Lindsay into the ropes within the second spherical. However Lindsay opened up within the third. An industrious end from Lindsay noticed him driving blows into the Studio boxer and Lindsay took a unanimous determination.
These pre quarter-finals, concurrent with the Growth championships and the later levels of the Youth competitions, have been behind closed doorways in Banbury (see beneath). However spectators can attend the quarterfinals and semi-finals. These might be held on Saturday and Sunday (December 4-5) on the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock. Boxing begins at 12pm on each days. Tickets are £20 per grownup, £10 per concession (over 65) and £5 per little one aged six to fifteen, with underneath fives free.
BBC Sport will even display motion on iPlayer and their web site, hyperlinks beneath:
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England Boxing YouTube streaming hyperlinks
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Saturday, Ring B: Click here.
Saturday, Ring C: Click here.
Sunday, Ring A: Click here.
Sunday, Ring B: Click here.
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For extra info and for full outcomes see www.englandboxing.org.
EXCELLENCE OF YOUTH
AFTER England Boxing took police recommendation, the championships held on the Spiceball centre in Banbury have been compelled to go behind closed doorways. A grim predicament nevertheless it was very important to finish the competitors. The finals of the Youth, Youth Cadet and Youth Growth championships have been going down in addition to the pre quarter-final levels of the senior Elite and nationwide Growth championships. With no tournaments going down in 2020, dropping these occasions this yr would have been a catastrophe. “The choice to go behind closed doorways was taken with an abundance of warning,” stated England Boxing chief govt Gethin Jenkins after liaising carefully with the venue and the police. “After that, our subsequent precedence was to make sure that the boxing goes forward, fairly than the occasion being cancelled, notably with the knock-on ramifications that has for the next weekends.
“In making this determination, the board felt it was higher to stage the occasion behind closed doorways, fairly than don’t have any boxing in any respect, thereby giving these boxers who’ve reached this stage the possibility to field for a nationwide title.”
With a number of boxers and coaches concerned over the three days of competitors (November 26-28), there was nonetheless an viewers all through prolonged boxing periods with three separate rings all in near-continuous motion.
After all of the disruptions brought on by Covid, there was good customary of boxing, within the Youth championships notably.
Sacha Hickey, boxing for Peacock, regarded spectacular. 64kgs and tall on the weight, the London southpaw dominated her semi-final on the Saturday in opposition to Trowbridge’s Morgan Baber. Within the first spherical she landed a lead proper uppercut and a following left to present Baber a depend. Assured sufficient to drop her fingers, Hickey might nonetheless lance in large photographs to win a transparent unanimous determination.
Within the last, Burmantofts’ Millie Backhouse made it more durable for Hickey. She pressured, marching ahead, getting on the within and throwing punches in quantity. However Hickey established her management. She started to drive in her punches mixtures. She handed Backhouse a depend within the second spherical, one other one within the third and compelled a stoppage.
Afewee’s Viv Parsons gained the 60kgs Youth championship title, halting Lionheart’s Lily Henderson with a sickening physique shot within the first spherical.
Birtley’s Lee Rogers impressed in opposition to Corridor Inexperienced’s Lewis Noakes within the 49kgs Youth championship last. He started touchdown a clear jab and intercepted Noakes’ ahead forays along with his left hook. Rogers feinted to the top and slammed his cross into the physique. Noakes pressed him within the second spherical, making it nearer, however Rogers pulled away within the third. He lined up quick straight one-twos, utilizing his correct proper to jolt Noakes, outpointing the Corridor Inexperienced boxer on a cut up determination.
Within the semi-finals Noakes had been an excellent unanimous winner over Manor’s Zeeshan Ahmed, a southpaw with quick fingers. However the Corridor Inexperienced boxer adjusted his work fee, introduced up the strain and was joyful to commerce photographs. He landed clear proper crosses and made certain of the choice.
Within the different 49kgs semi-final Roger snapped laborious counters into Whitley’s Reuben Muston. He hit well-placed photographs. Rogers landed his punches and moved off. He scored a depend on Muston within the second spherical and a flush cross prompted one other depend. He saved up his motion and gave the Whitley boxer one other depend within the third, earlier than lashing in a left hook prompted a stoppage.
Rogers’ Birtley clubmate Shaun Huddart additionally grew to become a nationwide Youth champion, profitable the 52kgs title in opposition to Hamza Uddin from the Fearless membership. Huddart was fast, touchdown his left hook as he backed out of an change. However Uddin lobbed laborious rights excessive. These caught Huddart out, touchdown with some power. Shaun compelled the tempo, getting after Uddin of their third spherical. He saved up his assaults, touchdown a pleasant left-right mixture and simply taking a cut up determination.
Salisbury’s Odel Kamara gained the 64kgs Youth championship, beating Repton’s Ram Singh on a cut up determination. Parson Cross’ Darren Littlewood grew to become the Youth middleweight titlist when he beat Kieran McDaid of Jimmy Egan’s on a cut up determination. Chadwell St. Mary’s Isaac Okoh is a tough man to beat. A southpaw, very tall for light-heavyweight, he unanimously outscored Scarborough’s Reece Harris-Mann within the 81kgs Youth last.
West Ham has an excellent workforce of younger boxers. Their Frankie Wooden grew to become a Youth bantamweight champion when he beat Fortunate Gloves’ Hassan Ishaq on a unanimous determination.
In a light-flyweight Youth last Priory Park’s Kelsey Oakley was relentless as she outboxed St. Ives’ Millie Symons. Oakley threw salvoes of punches, not letting Symons into the competition and handily profitable a unanimous determination. Priory Park additionally had an excellent outcome within the Youth finals with Mia Holland taking a cut up factors verdict over Almonds’ Jayne Bardauskas. Bardauskas had impressed within the semi-final with a powerful displaying in opposition to Charan Desi. She had stormed into the East Hull boxer, touchdown heavy rights, giving Desi three rounds within the second and third rounds earlier than halting her.