OFORI FOR REAL
Local Jeff wins Southern Area lightweight title in style
THE latest Goodwins promotion at the Tottenham Green Pools & Fitness hall was billed as Moment Of Truth – and local Jeff Ofori proved he was for real by wresting the Southern Area lightweight title from Jumanne Camero with a dominant performance.
Shorter by four inches at 5ft 7ins, Ofori drove forward relentlessly to unleash hurtful hooks to head and body. Camero (Mitcham) bled heavily from the nose over the 10-rounder’s second half but gutsily reached the final bell, where referee Jeff Hinds crowned Ofori 99-93.
In another 10, Mr Hinds awarded a 98-93 verdict to Curtis Felix of Milton Keynes after his Southern Area welterweight title eliminator against Barling (Essex) southpaw Justin Menzie. Once he started to let his hands go in round three, Felix was always in control as he landed rights on a tiring opponent.
Oldbury’s Dwain Grant shocked Dalton Miller in a middleweight sixrounder, finishing strongly to pip him 58-57 for referee Lee Every. Southpaw Miller (Acton) was the more aggressive early on but his awkward West Midlands opponent good left hooks swung it.
A super-welter six, also handled by Mr Every, followed a more predictable pattern with Ruislip southpaw Dean
Richardson unable to make a dent in experienced Lithuanian Arvydas Trizno, who covered up tight as he lost 60-54.
In a quartet of fours the only winner to drop a round was Chalk Farm super-middle Robbie Chapman, who nevertheless showed good variety in beating taller Callum Ide (Bognor Regis) 39-37 for referee Every. The same official awarded 40-37 scores to huge Watford heavyweight David Abraham over Bristol’s Phil Williams and southpaw debutant Londoner Frankie Phillips against Devon’s Jamie Speight at lightweight. Meanwhile, Bedfont super-middle Bradley Spencer used his height and reach advantages to beat Lydney veteran Lewis van Poetsch 40-37 for referee Hinds in the show-opener.
WE DID IT: Team Ofori celebrate