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Commonwealth Games prospect Valerian Spicer produced the best home performance of the night as Islington BC lost out in their match with Olympic BC (Galway).

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Spicer, who will box for Dominica at the Games later this year, always looked likely to stop the gutsy Debbie O’Reilly and finally finished the job with a vicious body shot in the fourth round.

After a follow-up volley of punches, the referee halted proceedings, but Spicer was one of only three Islington winners as the experienced visitors triumphed 6-3 at the Boston Dome, Tufnell Park.

The other victories came from Alfie Andrews – who always looked one step ahead of Olympic’s James Cleary as he secured a points decision – and Malachi Borrell.

Borrell’s greater strength and desire made the difference as he outworked and outfought Olympic’s Tony McDonagh to take a deserved unanimous verdict.

Islington youngster Kian Shay-Chettry, in only his second competitive bout, fought bravely and never gave up despite losing to James Delaney on a unanimous decision.

Ernie Swinhoe was wisely retired by his corner midway through the second round of his contest against a strong opponent, PJ Ward, while Darren Ward (no relation) pushed Olympic’s Brandon Mongan hard before dropping a points decision.

Islington crowd favourite Paddy McCarthy applied steady, consistent pressure in his bout with Owen McCarthy, but the Olympic boxer’s more accurate work was enough to earn him a unanimous decision.

Despite sustaining an early injury to his right hand, Safi Abdullah battled on bravely and took the experienced Frankie Cleary the distance before a unanimous decision went against him.

In the best contest of the night, Islington’s Jeff Ofori was edged out on an extremely tight split decision against Olympic’s Pat Mongan.

Ofori – who had impressed on his debut for the London team in Munich the previous week – worked hard in a fight that ebbed and flowed, but the majority verdict went in his opponent’s favour.

Islington also fielded three guest boxers, including Lion ABC’s national semi-finalist Louis Isaacs, but the trio were all defeated by opponents from the Irish club.

Middleweight Reece Shagourie, who reached the England Elite Boxing Championship semi-finals last month, has been selected to take part in an assessment for the GB development squad in June.

Islington’s Jack Rowe made good use of his jab to defeat J Draper (Bletchley) on points at the Hockwell Ring ABC show in Luton.

On the same show, middleweight Kenyon Reid was beaten on a split decision by Anthony Johnson (South Oxhey), while Islington youngster Lucy Turner produced a composed performance in her skills contest with Krystal Gordon (Hockwell Ring).

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