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Club’s boxers turn the town red!

Fighters to compete on national stage after winning hard-fought London titles

04 October, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Boxers and coaching staff from Islington Boxing Club celebrate their success at the London Development Championships

IT turns out all that glitters really is gold for boxers from across Camden and Islington after a smashing Sunday at the London Development Championships.

Among the biggest winners at the Tottenham Community Sports Centre in Haringey was the team from Islington Boxing Club, who returned home to their gym in Hazellville Road, Upper Holloway, boasting no fewer than five champions of the capital.

The first boxer to strike success was Laura Weis, who showed good movement and used her jab to maximum effect to gain a unanimous victory over Sarah Abdelmuttalab from West Ham Boys’ ABC in the Under-54kg Class A final.

Lightweight Masood Abdullah soon delivered a second victory when he stopped Jawanay Scott, from West Ham Boys’ Club, in the Under-60kg Class B final. The pair previously met in the finals of the Haringey Box Cup in June, where Scott’s arm was raised in glory courtesy of a close 3-2 split decision.

But this time Islington club manager Reggie Hagland revealed that Masood wasn’t going to risk suffering the same fate twice.

Sherifdeen Lawal

“Masood wasn’t leaving it down to the judges to decide the contest this time,” he said. “He won the opening round with a front-footed approach, and upped the pressure in the second round, giving Scott a standing eight count.

“Shortly afterwards, Masood’s straight right hand knocked out Scott and sent him hard down onto the canvas. The referee called off the contest with Masood gaining revenge from his previous defeat in style.”

The wins continued to land thick and fast for Islington BC, with welterweight Slavisa Gegic extending his undefeated streak to 19-0 after winning the Under-69kg Class B final via a unanimous decision against Julio Tuwizana from Double Jab ABC.

Middle­weight Chris Cunningham didn’t allow his opponent, Dennis Dagliss from West Ham Boys’ ABC, any space to work or manoeuvre throughout their contest in the Under-75kg Class B category. It proved an entertaining clash, which ended with the Islington man picking up his second London Development title through a unanimous decision.

Sunni Torgman

Dagliss booked his place in the final at the expense of St Pancras ABC fighter Sherifdeen Lawal following what one official, Brian John, described as a “spectacular” bout.

“I think I counted over 3,600 punches thrown,” he said after watching Dagliss win via a unanimous decision.

Sherifdeen’s Camden coach, CJ Hussein, said: “For me the fight would have been worthy of the final. Sherif put in a solid performance, and for me I thought the fight was a lot closer than the judges scored it.”

Meanwhile Islington BC’s fifth and final title came in somewhat “disappointing” fashion after Sunni Torgman received her award on a walkover after her opp­onent, former Islington BC member Claudia Wilmott-Smith, who now fights for Haringey ABC, withdrew from the final at short notice.

All the champions will now line up in the national stages of the England Boxing Development Championships, which will take place at Turners Boxing Academy in Camberley, Surrey, this weekend.


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