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Islington youngsters among the medals at Hull Box Cup, with Haringey event up next

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 June 2017

Islington's Connor Daly (pic Reggie Hagland)

Islington's Connor Daly (pic Reggie Hagland)

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Islington Boxing Club came away with two gold medals and a silver from the Hull Box Cup at the weekend.

Islington's Jenson Curtin (pic Reggie Hagland)Islington's Jenson Curtin (pic Reggie Hagland)

The club entered four of their young boxers, including Kerm Sertten (under-38kg), Jenson Curtin (under-54kg), Jay Jay Curtin (under-60kg) and Connor Daly (under-50kg).

And Daly had the easiest time of it as he claimed gold courtesy of a walkover when scheduled opponent Michael Stevenson (Trumpington) withdrew at short notice, having lost to the Islington youngster in March.

The 17-year-old Daly was disappointed not to see any action but will chase more glory at the Haringey Box Cup at Alexandra Palace this weekend, where he is in the Youth under-49kg group.

Curtin claimed Islington’s other gold medal in Hull, recording his first amateur boxing honour in the process after beating Bodmin rival Albert Cooper on a split decision in the final.

Both boxers showed caution in the first rond, but started to throw and land cleaner shots in the second round.

Curtin slightly outworked his rival, though, and in the last round connected with head and body to earn the verdict.

A dominant display against Levi Tyrell (Sunderland East End) had sent 13-year-old Curtin through to the final, with a strong jab pushing his rival on to the ropes in a unanimous victory.

But Jay Jay Curtin, 16, saw his hopes of gold shattered by a cut after an accidental clash of heads in the final round of his contest with Cillian Spillane, from Ireland’s Munster Boxing Select.

Spillane fired off straight shots and used his angles well to edge the first round, but Curtin hit back with jabs in a much closer second round.

Both boxers went for it in the final round, but Curtin’s cut led to a stoppage, with his rival ahead on the judges cards at that point and named the victor.

Curtin had beaten West Ham’s Alfie Meaghan on a unanimous points decision a day earlier, after a cagey first round saw him kept at bay by a tall, rangy rival.

A strong second-round display and good straight shots gave the Islington youngster the edge and he maintained a good workrate in the final round.

The 14-year-old Sertten lost his semi-final to Lion ABC’s Ram Singh on a split decision, as his opponent made good use of a longer reach to keep him at bay during a cautious contest.

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