July 24 2014 Latest news:

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 28°C

min temp: 18°C

Five-day forecast

Paddy McCarthy was the pick of the bunch as Islington BC’s four England Junior Boxing Championships entrants all booked their places in the London finals.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The 15-year-old progressed with a second-round stoppage in the North West London tournament at Hayes Working Men’s Club, while Islington team-mate Alfy Andrews gained a unanimous points win.

Jack Sinnott worked hard for a majority verdict, while Malachi Borrel was not required to box at Class B Under-66kg, gaining a walkover to the London stages.

McCarthy’s performance, in the Class B Under-60kg section, was the most eye-catching as he fought back to beat Ruislip’s J Mitchell, who began well with fast two-handed combinations.

By the end of the first round, constant pressure from the Islington boxer was slowing his opponent and in the second he landed a vicious backhand flush on Mitchell’s chin to bring the contest to an end.

Southpaw Andrews dominated his Class A Under-60kg clash against M Delaney (Cuban Boxing Academy), landing a string of straight punches and long hooks before his opponent – who had been persistently warned for a loose headguard – was disqualified in the final round.

Sinnott’s Class A Under-52kg bout against D Redmond (Finchley) was a closely-contested affair, but the Islington fighter did enough to edge the decision.

Islington’s Troy Smart returned to the ring for the first time in six months at the same venue, taking on Diamond Oginni (Stonebridge) in the North West London open senior novices tournament.

Boxing behind tidy and efficient straight punches, Smart always looked in control and had too much variation for Oginni as he took a unanimous points decision.

McCarthy was also in action at the Stevenage ABC open show the following night, where he was defeated on a unanimous decision by the home club’s Charlie Day.

His brother, 14-year-old Christy McCarthy, also suffered a loss by unanimous decision to H Mehmood (MK Victors), while Christopher Ward impressed in a skills bout on the same show.

Islington’s national finalist Tyrone Negasi triumphed by unanimous decision against home fighter Callum Cleary at Saturday’s Luton Boxing Academy show.

And Ernie Swinhoe, boxing for Islington for only the second time, forced a third- round stoppage in his contest with Josh Caulfield (Swale Gloves) at Leytonstone Community Centre.

Share this article

   Local advertisers

More boxing

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Islington Gazette on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Islington businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Islington Gazette, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »