Islington’s Jenkins secures a hat-trick of London titles as Musah earns a majority win
PUBLISHED: 14:15 15 November 2018
Islington’s Ewan Jenkins claimed his third London title in a year with victory in tyhe final of the NABGC Championships.
Jenkins beat Repton’s Saquib Khan in the Class D, under-64kg finals via a split decision, after a messy clash with the recent Development Championships runner-up.
It was very cagey throughout, with both light-welterweights boxing at range and cancelling out each other.
The only round with a clear winner was round two when Jenkins upped his work rate and landed some clean punches, after he had beaten Fisher ABC’s Kanishka Amiry on unanimous points a day earlier.
Jenkins will be boxing again on Sunday against the heavily fancied Sam Noakes, from Westree ABC, in the National quarter-finals in Farnham.
Islington’s Jacob Johnson, 14, competed in his first skills contest at 71kg at the Guildford City ABC show on Saturday.
He faced Tyler Sharpe from the host outfit at at the Stoke & District Horticultural Society “Aggie Club” and performed well ahead of his competitive debut next week.
George Bartlett, 14, represented London in a team match against Dublin at the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square.
Although giving away plenty of experience, he put it on Padraig Stapleton, but lost a close split decision in a positive performance.
There was success for Eli Musah, though, as he defeated Demir Mezyraj (East London BA) on the East London Boxing Academy show at Norlington School in Leyton on Saturday.
Mezyraj rushed out like a man possessed catching the young Islington senior with a collection of left and right hooks.
But Musah weathered the storm and dug deep, upping his work rate in the second round after losing the first.
Musah got his jab back on track to keep Mezyraj at bay and forced a standing eight count, then dominated the last and deciding round as he connected with his shots at will and inflicted a second standing eight count to earn a majority points win.
Chris Cunningham guested for Romford ABC in a team match in Iceland and defeated the more experienced Aleksandrs Baranovs via unanimous decision after a relentless display, as he now steps up to elite level.