National Junior Finals Day 1
National Junior Finals Day 1
The National Junior Finals were held over two days at the TA Centre in Grove Park. The majority of Londons boxers competed on the sunday leaving only 3 Londoners boxing on Saturdays Finals.
From the 3 bouts London came out with 2 National Champions. The first win came from the very first bout as Hooks Edward Barrett used good footwork and boxing ability to comfortably beat Lewis Coley of 2nd City. Next up was Roman Haidar for East London. Despite losing by a close points decision against Braunstones Thomas Hessin, Haidar but in a good performance and surely impressed the England Coaches sitting at Ringside.
The last London boxer competing on Saturday was 42kg Class B, Kerim Agius of Dagenham. Boxing against an able fighter in Tyler Brevigheri, Agius boxed his heart out to win a National title. The win clearly meant a great deal to the popular East London boxer.
The first 3 bouts on Sunday saw 3 of Reptons 7 competing boxers compete. Michael Oats and Tommy Roberts were first up, both winning their bouts comfortably to make it a great start for London and Repton. Unfortunately James Hnrahan was up against a talented boxer in Peter Smith of Phil Thomas SOB and was unable to make it 3 out of 3.
Reptons Jess Dean Harris and Shamid Shbhani both also fell at the last hurdle, losing to Brendon Jones and Mihammed Aslam respectively. Shbhani was perhaps the unluckier of the two, losing in what was deemed a very close bout.
Up next was popular South Londoner Jake Pettit (Nemesis). Pettit, who is from good boxing stock, has looked very good the season and one got the feeling it was his time to shine. But Kirkbys Connor Butler is an experienced and talent boxer, so Pettit was going to have box to the best of his abilities. The fight didn't let the excitable crowd down. After a cagey first round from both boxers, the fight began to open up in the 2nd. Pettit was happy to box on the back foot, looking to land from angles as his opponent came in. It looked liked Pettit won the 2nd with the cleaner shots landed. The 3rd was much of the same, although Butlers workrate may of caught the eyes of the judges. After 3 fantastically competitive rounds it looked like Pettit had got another National title for his families collection. Unfortunately for the Nemeis boxer it was Butler who got his hands raised. This was not a 'robbery' as some of the crowd suggested but you could certainly forgive Pettits frustration at not getting the decision.
Reptons final 2 boxers, the vastly talented Levi Coates and Taylor Ayling insured Repton got 4 winners out of 7. Coates looked sensational in his victory agains Tom Stokes. His unorthodox style and nifty footwork left his Stoke opponent looking confused for most of the 3 rounds. Aylings victory was a little more hard earned but clearly meant the world to the ex Earlsifeld boxer.
Last but not least was well supported Kane Corby of Earlsfield who was up against strong and rugged Stringer of Routanda. Corby, who was perhaps one of the most experienced boxers over the weekend never to have won a national title clearly wanted to break this run. In the opening rounds he looked the better boxer, catching Stringer with smarter and cleaner shots. The 2nd round was a similar story, though Stringers workrate was impressive. By the 3rd Stinger left it all in the ring, looking to continuously land big punches. But Corby boxing on the counter looked like he had done enough over the first 2 rounds but like Pettit before him ended up getting the runners up medal. I am sure this wont be the last final we shall see Corby in.