MEADE HOLDS ON
Islington hold their second home show
ISLINGTON Boxing Club held their second home show on Saturday afternoon (December 1) at White Hart Lane Boxing Academy. In total the Hazellville Road club had 10 boxers on the 16 bout bill.
Islington lightweight Judah Meade took on Anderi Cristian Santa (Selby). Meade outboxed Santa over the first two rounds but in the last round Santa suddenly connected Meade, which sent the young senior boxer to the canvas. Meade held on and saw the contest out. Despite the knockdown Judah won via unanimous decision.
In a Youth three-threes bout between Henry Johnson (Dale Youth) and Martin Skogheim (Armada Boxing Club, Norway), Skogheim won the opening round landing shots up and down on his opponent. Johnson upped his work rate in the second in a much closer round which Skogheim edged with his cleaner punches. Johnson took the last round but Skogheim had a happy trip to England winning the contest on a split decision and later taking home the ‘best away boxer of the day’ award.
Charlie Roche (Islington, 75kgs) was back in the ring for the first time in almost two years. He came up against Daniel Zak (Oxford) in a barnstormer for which both boxers had their own set of vocal supporters, adding excitement to the bout. Roche won all three rounds, giving Zak two standing count with relentless work rate and throwing everything besides the kitchen sink. Roche won via unanimous decision.
Leo Antell (Islington) lost on a split decision to Bilal Hamza (Stonebridge ABC, both age 16, 62kgs). Hamza won the opening round, the second was much closer with the Stonebridge boxer edging it. The game Islington boxer won the last round.
Harry “The Hatchet” Betteridge (Islington, 50kgs) won via stoppage in the first round against Nicholas Mitchell (Basingstoke). Betteridge wasted no time in this contest, dominating proceedings and putting his taller opponent onto the back foot. The referee gave Mitchell two standing counts and waved the contest off just as the bell was going to sound for the end of the opening round.
George Bartlett (Islington) got back to winning ways, just edging a split decision verdict against Kian Hales (Milton Keynes Victors, both 48kgs). Bartlett started off well catching Hales with the cleaner punches, as the contest went on Hales improved and finished strongly.
Issac Gibson (Islington, 33kgs) showed great heart against Tommy Boylan (Small Holdings) but his good finish to the contest was not enough, Boylan won on a unanimous decision.
Cianan Campbell (Islington, 36kgs) boxed very aggressively against Jay Tingley (Small Holdings). A comfortable win for Campbell saw him take the ‘best home boxer of the day’ award for his performance.
William Nantu (Islington) won via unanimous decision against
Jack Abbott (Danson, both 52kgs). Nantu boxed confidently against Abbot, winning all three rounds. Juplin Tskieva (White Hart Lane, 62kgs) lost via split decision Freddie Knight (Milton Keynes Victors). Denny Houlihan (White Hart Lane) lost via split decision to Franky Hales (Milton Keynes Victors, both 38kgs). John Mcdonagh (White Hart Lane) won via unanimous decision against
Kaiden Barker (Small Holdings, both 35kgs). John Ward (White Hart Lane) lost via unanimous decision against Martin Doran (Small Holdings, both 39kgs). Schoolboy George Hobden (26kgs) didn’t get going against
George Ralph (Riverside ABC). Ralph won via unanimous decision.
COMEBACK KID: Roche wins after two-year layoff
TOP PERFORMER: Campbell shows off his ‘best home boxer of the day’ award