Ryan and Lee win gold at the Box Am tournament in Spain
GB boxers finished the Box Am tournament in Spain with two gold medals. Commonwealth Games gold medallists Sandy Ryan and Sammy Lee both won their finals in Valencia on Saturday (May 18).
Ryan racked up a sequence of good wins, beating Australia’s Kaye Scott on a split decision in her opening contest, then unanimously outscoring both Denmark’s Yvonne Baek Rasmussen and France’s Emilie Sonvico. Lee also secured three victories, defeating the host nation’s Jose Antonio Sanchez Traicobich on split decision in his first contest in Spain and unanimously outpointing another Spanish boxer, Jalidov Gazi, in the semi-final. The Welshman won gold with a split points decision win over Frenchman Ntambwe Gaetan.
Top British super-heavyweight Frazer Clarke was on the wrong end of a split decision loss when he boxed Spain’s Ghadfa Drissi Ayoub in their semi-final.
Another to lose out in a semi-final was David Nyika. The quality New Zealand 91kgs lost a surprise decision to Italy’s Aziz Abbes Mouhiidiine.
For GB Lewis Richardson, Conor Loftus and Shona Whitwell also reached the semi-finals, Whitwell taking on Finland’s strong Olympic medallist Mira Potkonen, who won a unanimous decision.
51: Houria Djalout (France) outpd Chloe Watson (England) split. 60: Johan Orozco (Spain) outpd Thomas Hodgson (England) unan, Shona Whitwell (England) outpd Kata Pribojszki (Hungary) split, Mira Potkonen (Finland) outpd Whitwell unan. 69: Sandy Ryan (England) outpd Kaye Scott (Australia) split, Conor Loftus (England) outpd Aaron Gonzalez (Spain) unan, Loftus outpd Nabil Messaoudi (Belgium) unan, Ryan outpd Yvonne Baek Rasmussen (Denmark) unan, Wuttichai Masuk (Thailand) outpd Loftus split, Ryan outpd Emilie Sonvico (France) unan. 75: Lewis Richardson (England) outpd Pablo Coy (Spain) split, Lancelot de la Chappelle (Belgium) outpd Ricardson split. 81: Sammy Lee (Wales) outpd Jose Antonio Sanchez Traicobich (Spain) split, Lee outpd Jalidov Gazi (Spain) unan, Lee outpd Ntambwe Gaetan (France) split. 91&: Ghadfa Drissi Ayoub (Spain) outpd Frazer Clarke (England) split.
Hedges impresses on Hoddesdon show
HODDESDON Boxing Academy staged a sell out show at the Paringdon Sports Centre with 11 evenly matched contests which included seven Title belt bouts.
National Youth finalist, at 75kgs John Hedges captured the English Youth Belt with a resounding points decision over a very strong Joel Garratt (Avalon ABC) in a crowd pleasing three-threes. Hedges held the centre of the ring looking to work off his lead. But he was surprised to find himself on the seat of his shorts once a hook had clipped him. This sprung Hedges into a sense of urgency and he controlled proceedings from then on, a sharp counter inflicting a standing eight count on Garratt before a combination in round two forced another standing count. Garratt was brave and did take heavy shots going into the last round but survived before succumbing on points.
Another rip-roaring contest on May 19 saw Faraz Abid move up in weight to challenge for the English 64kgs Title Belt against the experienced Ryan Hart (Mayflower ABC). This was fought at close range with neither boxer prepared to take a step back. Hart looked to edge ahead in the early stages but once Abid found his rhythm he picked off the advancing Mayflower boxer to secure a split points decision.
Sam King completed the trio of victories for Hoddesdon with an excellent points decision over Sonny Steele (Epic). This was for the vacant Central Area 69kgs Youth Title Belt. King oozed confidence from the start, working off angles to win a unanimous decision. A controlled and dominant performance from King.
John Hart (Hoddesdon) outpd Hadleigh Peacock (MK Victors), Claude Gray (Hoddesdon) outpd by Ronnie Hensman (Mayflower), Alfie Gaskin (Hoddesdon ) outpd Matty Winn (Golden Ring). 52 (Central Area Youth Title belt): Reece Jackson (Essex Uni) outpd Alex Head (Hoddesdon). 52 (English Youth Title Belt): Cameron Paul (Pinewood ) outpd Jack Dillingham (Clay Cross ). 60 (Central Area Youth Title Belt): Tyler Bolingbroke (Attleborough) outpd Liam Clarke (Hoddesdon). 75 (Central Area Youth Title Belt): Danny Steele (Epic) outpd Oliver Dragisic (Holland Shore).
Pinewood top the charts at England Boxing Schools championships
WITH eight champions, Pinewood were the most successful club at the England Boxing Schools championships at K2 in Crawley over the weekend (May 18-19).
Powerday Hooks also enjoyed tremendous success with five victors, while both West Ham and Sharpstyle had four champions. Pinewood met West Ham in the Class B 56kgs final, with Londoner Anthony Connors edging out Harry Wilson on a split decision. Hooks saw family success with Jordan Barrett beating Darlaston’s Mia Felton in the Cadet 32kgs category, while her cousins James Barrett and Martin Nathan Barrett also become champions, respectively defeating Darlington’s Sydney Welch at Cadet 34kgs and Chalvedon’s Bobby Tildesley at Class A 43kgs.
Dale Youth had a titlist after Mohammed Mehdi unanimously outpointed Pound Lane’s Charlie Cooper in the Class A 52kgs final. “It was really fun,” he said. “I try to make the most of my technique and use my feet to trick my opponent and I’m looking forward to getting involved with England now.” Golden Ring’s Ruby and Amber Moss-Birch became the first sisters since girls boxing was introduced to these championships to win titles at the same event. At Cadet 42kgs Ruby stopped Charlotte Bowers, Right Stuff, while Amber edged out Madison Adkins, Bodyshots Redditch, on a split decision at Class B 67kgs.
See www.englandboxing.org for the full results.
The Janes clan enjoy success at the Welsh Schools championships
THE extended Janes clan had a successful weekend at the Sport Wales National Centre, in particular with two brothers and a sister claiming Welsh titles. Dominic Janes was the most impressive, forcing Chepstow trier Jerry Cash to take two counts en route to a unanimous victory in the Minors B 38.5kgs class, with the older Tommy Janes (Schools B, 48kgs) outscoring Augustine Cash in a bout that never caught alight. Princess Janes had a walkover (Minors A, 50kg) to complete the set for the Grange ABC trio. Their cousins were on form, too. Highfields’ Henry Janes (Schools A, 46kgs) halted Maelor’s Ethan Finney inside a round, the same outcome as when they met last year. And another Henry Janes, this time from Colcot, won a clear verdict at Minors B 34kgs over Pantside’s Jimmy Jones. The only member of the tribe to go home empty-handed was another Pantside lad, Tony Janes, somewhat harshly disqualified for holding against Dyffryn’s Liam Williams.
Joe Calzaghe called in to cheer Kai Powell (Victoria Nash) to Minors B 41.5kgs success over Kegan Jones (Dyffryn) and there was another fraternal triumph for Porthcawl and Pyle’s Cade and Cole Rees at Schools A 48kgs and Schools B 54kgs respectively, while Swansea’s Premier club underlined their current glut of young starlets with five champions to go with their hat-trick at junior level last month.
Minors A: 28: Lewis Morgan (Premier) w/o. 29: Sky Taylor (Port Talbot) w/o. 29.5: KAYDEN WALLACE (Premier) outpd Oliver Olsen (Trelewis) unan. 31: LEVI THOMAS (Pontyclun) outpd Harrison Williams (Maerdy) unan. 32.5: TROY HAYER (Premier) stpd Aaron Jones (Llangefni) 3rd. 34: Cameron Redmond (Trelewis) w/o. 35.5: SAM McCANN (Splott) outpd Matthew Yewlett (Rhoose) unan. 37: FRAZER CAYTON (Barry East End) outpd Harri Meah (Colcot) split, Mary Theresa O’Brian (Cwmavon Hornets) w/o. 38.5: Keegan Lee Saunders (Rhoose) w/o. 40: MITCHELL JONES (Llandudno) outpd Owain Hopkins (Nantymoel) unan. 43: Alfie Jones (Cwmgors) w/o. 50: Princess Janes (Grange) w/o. Minors B: 28.5: Tyler Ford (Penyrheol) w/o. 32.5: JOEL HARRIS (Rhoose) outpd Archie Naylor (Colcot). 34: HENRY JANES (Colcot) outpd Jimmy Jones (Pantside) unan. 35.5: WILLIAM DAY (Colcot) outpointed Coeby Phillips (Premier) unan. 37: JOE WILLIAMS (Bargoed) outpd Taylor Evans (Goodes) unan. 38.5: DOMINIC JANES (Grange) outpd Jerry Cash (Chepstow) unan. 41.5: KAI POWELL (Victoria Nash) outpd Kegan Jones (Dyffryn). 43: Lucas Tovey (Trelewis) w/o. 48: ZAK NAJMI (Caerphilly) outpd Gabriel Williams (St Joseph’s, Newport) split. Schools A: 34: ELLIS JONES (Nantymoel) outpd Tony Coffey (Splott) unan. 37: EMMANUEL SIDORENKO (Premier) outpd Ashton Powell (Splott) unan. 38.5: MIKEY O’SULLIVAN (Cardigan) stpd Lewis Greenhalgh (Dyffryn) 1st. 40: Guto Owen (Caernarfon) w/o. 41.5: BRIAN WILLIAMS (Tylorstown) outpd Dylan Evans (Colcot) unan. 43: CONNOR FITZPATRICK (Colcot) outpd Dillan Smith (Maerdy) split. 44.5: Jack Fury (Llanedeyrn) w/o. 46: HENRY JANES (Highfields) stpd Ethan Finney (Maelor) 1st. 48: CADE REES (Porthcawl) outpd Dylan Edwards (Port Talbot). 50: MAX GRIFFITH (Caernarfon) bt Antonio Jones (Splott) DQ 3rd. 62: Zayn Burke (St Joseph’s, Newport) w/o. 65: Jackson Downey (Cwmavon Hornets) w/o. Schools B: 35.5: MARCUS MILLER (Port Talbot) outpd Darren Sullivan (Highfields) unan. 37: JOE WILLIAMS (Gilfach Goch) outpd James Dyson (Welshpool) unan. 38: Maddison Pang (Porthcawl) w/o. 40: JOSH HARRIS (Premier) outpd Owain Richards (Welshpool). 43: LIAM WILLIAMS (Dyffryn) bt Tony Janes (Pantside) DQ 2nd. 44.5: MASON ELLERY (Llanedeyrn) stpd Theo Spiteri (Llanrumney) 2nd. 48: TOMMY JANES (Grange) outpd Augustine Cash (Chepstow) unan. 50: DANNY THOMAS (Torfaen) outpd Charlie Day (Pontyclun) unan. 51: JESSICA PURCIGO (Colcot) outpd Tia Lynch (Porthcawl) split. 52: WILLIAM BENNETT (Torfaen) outpd Zeb Yewlett (Rhoose) unan. 54: COLE REES (Porthcawl) outpd Cruz Evans (St Joseph’s, Newport) split. 56: ROBIN OWEN (Caernarfon) outpd Brandon Harris (Rhoose) split. 62: JAC COOMBS (Tylorstown) outpd Logan Rees (Penyrheol) split. 63: Nicole Twomey (Rhoose) w/o.