Alfy’s among six home winners on Islington Boxing Club show

Alfy Andrews, Islington BC

Alfy Andrews, Islington BC - Credit: Archant

Crowd favourite Alfy Andrews was named best home boxer of the night after his winning performance at Islington BC’s first dinner show of the season.

Andrews underlined his continuing improvement as he caught opponent Nathan Hall (Windrush Valley) with southpaw backhand punches and worked well on the inside to take a unanimous points victory.

He was one of six Islington boxers to win their contests in front of a sell-out crowd of 500 at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, on Friday.

The first of those was debutant Bobbi-Lee Wyatt, who produced a controlled display from the start, working behind a solid jab to gain a unanimous decision against Caroline Parker (Strood BC).

She was followed by another Islington first-timer, Calum Angel-Taylor, who quickly took control of the centre of the ring and found his range with some eye-catching blows against Paddy McDonagh (Lion ABC).

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McDonagh took a standing count midway through the first round – and another before the end of the round, following a two-punch combination from the Islington fighter, persuaded the referee to halt proceedings.

Islington club captain Jeff Ofori produced an excellent performance to defeat Maredudd Thomas (Colcot ABC) on a unanimous decision as his solid body punching eventually wore down the Welshman’s slick skills.

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Kenyon Reid completed his third win on the bounce with an impressive display against Shaun Young (Army), closing down his taller opponent and working behind a strong double jab to take a unanimous decision.

Islington’s final winner on the night was recent England representative Cherrelle Brown, who was pushed all the way by experienced Irish international Kelly Harrington.

Harrington constantly switched stances in an attempt to confuse her opponent, but Brown stuck to her long-range boxing and after four close rounds a split decision went in her favour.

Islington’s Elena Narozanski stepped in as a late replacement for clubmate Charlotte Briant, who was unwell, and found herself on the back foot against the two-handed attacks of Alex Turbitt (Army).

Narozanski threw good counter-punches throughout the contest, but it was her opponent whose hand was raised in a split decision at the final bell.

DJ Moore had to be withdrawn after just 30 seconds of his clash against Kyle Morrison (Army) due to a wrist injury, while debutant Calum Lewis made a promising start against John Marvin (Army).

Lewis managed to get in under his taller opponent’s reach, but was then caught by a big right and, although he managed to survive a standing count, the referee stopped the contest at the end of the first round.

Another first-timer, Justyn Page-Allen, boxed sensibly in the first two rounds against Pete Lines (Army), but faded in the last two and lost on a split decision.

Islington BC chairman Lenny Hagland said: “The night was a great success, with a good amount of funds raised for the club.

“We want to thank our loyal supporters for coming along to support this event.”

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