Islington boxer defeats European silver medallist twice in as many days

13:09 04 June 2014

Valerian Spicer

Valerian Spicer

Dieter Perry

Islington BC’s Valerian Spicer beat the same opponent twice in two days to continue her good form in the run-up to next month’s Commonwealth Games.

Spicer took a unanimous decision against Carrie Coejtei (Felbridge BC), a former European silver medallist, on Islington’s dinner show at The Royal National Hotel, Russell Square.

And the Islington fighter, who will represent Dominica at Glasgow 2014, then repeated the result when she faced Coejtei again the following night at the Felbridge show in East Grinstead.

Spicer’s success was one of five for home boxers on the Islington show, which drew a 350-plus crowd, and was sponsored by Geo F Trumper (Gentlemen’s Grooming).

Gerard McDonagh (Islington) recovered from a slow first round to remain undefeated with a unanimous points win over Jason Davis (Windrush Valley BC).

Next up for Islington was Kian-Shay Chettry, who recorded his first win by stopping James Connor (Swale Gloves) in the final round.

Chettry pressured his opponent with a series of two-handed attacks from the first bell and forced a standing eight count in the second round before the referee halted the contest midway through the third.

Islington’s Safi Abdullah made a bright start in his bout against GB squad member Jack Hillier (Southampton), boxing at long range to win the first round.

But he visibly tired as the contest progressed and, with Hillier beginning to get on top, the referee ended proceedings in the third round.

Paddy McCarthy’s clash with Ossie Peroshi (Walcott BC) proved to be the bout of the night as the pair went toe to toe, with the Islington boxer ending each round strongly.

A string of good body shots and left hooks to the head led to a standing eight count for Peroshi in the third round and McCarthy secured both a unanimous decision and the best home boxer of the night award.

Tyrone Negasi continued his fine season with a unanimous victory over another GB squad member, Harry Limburn (Southampton).

Negasi boxed well behind his jab and his movement enabled him to get in close, throwing intelligent combinations to head and body.

Islington’s Amy Pu worked hard against the more experienced Ellie Barker (Fitzroy Lodge), throwing straight punches, but took a standing eight count in the first round and the unanimous decision went in favour of her opponent.

Spicer was next into the ring and continually caught Coejtei with quick combinations, dominating throughout the four-round contest.

The show was rounded off by Islington’s Jeff Ofori, who was edged out on a tight split decision against Louis Greene (Strood BC).

Green landed some punishing hooks in the first two rounds and, although the Islington man changed his tactics and responded with some dangerous combinations, it was not enough to swing the verdict in his favour.

Islington’s Kenyon Reid was unlucky to lose a split decision after he appeared to be well ahead against the home club’s Gary Howes on the Felbridge show.

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 10:51
Arsenal fans show their colours and support in the stands. Picture: Nick Potts/PA

In our weekly Arsenal fan column, Alex Bellotti suggests the sanctity of match-going is being replaced by passionate fan communities online.

Thu, 18:36
Surrey winners of the Division 2 LV County Championship  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

English cricket will break with tradition in 2016 after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced a new rule which will see the forsaking of the toss.

Thu, 07:06
Michael Peart (yellow/black shorts) defeated Kristian Laight at York Hall. Pic: Philip Sharkey/TGS Photo

Islington lightweight ‘Mustard’ Mike Peart made a successful step up to six rounds as he comfortably outpointed Kristian Laight on Saturday at York Hall.

Wed, 17:46
Islington BC's Simon Collins

Islington BC’s Simon Collins recovered from a difficult start to clinch victory against home boxer Joe Dennison on a Banbury ABC show on Saturday.

Wed, 17:38
Hanover Primary School's successful squad at the Islington Schools swimming gala

Four Hanover Primary School students secured gold medals as their girls’ team finished triumphant at the Islington Schools swimming gala finals.

Wed, 17:34
Bethune (blue) beat Young London Meteors 2-1 in the Dickie Davies Cup. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Hackney & Leyton League Premier Division leaders Mile End are through to the next round of the Dickie Davies Cup after their impressive 9-2 win over Riviera.

Wed, 17:27
Left to right: Luca, Liam and Luan Veras with their medals at the Belgium Open Kumite Championships. Back: their father and coach, Sensei Raphael Veras

Brothers Luan and Luca Veras both overcame strong competition to pick up gold medals at the International Belgium Open Kumite Championships in Leuven.

Wed, 16:02
Chris Rainsford (left) in action on the road for Highgate Harriers. Pic: Dieter Perry

Highgate Harriers were crowned national champions on Sunday as the prestigious UK 10k road race championships were held as part of the 30th anniversary of the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash.

Most read sport


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder