Islington Boxing Club duo clinch London titles

Sherif Musah

Sherif Musah - Credit: Archant

Islington’s Sherif ‘The Sandman’ Musah secured a London title in his first fight since switching to light-heavyweight in the Development Championships at Grove Park.

Musah, who has moved down from heavyweight, took a tight split decision against Charlie Renton (Earlsfield) in the Class B under-81kg final to become a London champion for the first time.

Renton was content to work on the outside and score with long shots, but he was caught by eye-catching heavy punches from the Islington man on several occasions.

Musah will be joined in the national stage of the championships by team-mates Jeff Ofori – who clinched his second London title in a row – and Scott Smart, who gained a walkover.

Ofori dominated all four rounds of his Class B Under-64kg final against O Lee (Marvels Lane), landing a range of body and head shots and giving his opponent two standing counts.

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The Islington captain has a bye in the national pre-quarter-final round in Swindon on Saturday, but Smart takes on Callum Bedford (Rough Diamonds) in the Class A Under-52kg section, while Musah is up against Luke Maisey (Factory ABC).

A fourth Islington boxer, Georgiou Andreou, missed out after he was beaten on a split decision in the Class A Under-64kg London semi-final against Kamal Hamilton (Gator ABC).

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Andreou started well and landed the better punches in the first round, but he was caught by several shots to the head in the third and took a standing count just before the final bell.

Smart’s brother Troy was also in action at the weekend, facing home boxer and former national junior ABA finalist Sam Daly at the Kings Health ABC show in Northampton over three three-minute rounds.

The Islington man’s fast jab and combination punches proved successful against Daly and he was awarded the victory – although only by split decision – after a controlled performance.

On the same show, Islington’s Cherrelle Brown took a big step up in standard as she faced off against current GB fighter Chantelle Cameron (Kings Health).

Brown began well, but her opponent rallied and applied more pressure and a greater variety of punches to earn a unanimous decision, despite a late recovery by the Islington boxer.

Islington achieved four wins out of four – three by unanimous decision – on the Five Star ABC show in Romford on Saturday.

David Katzarov was the first winner for the Hazellville Road club against Edgaras Gorbaciov (West Ham), pushing his opponent back with four-punch combinations and finishing strongly after two even rounds.

Christy McCarthy triumphed by unanimous decision against Harry Hemmings (Southend), taking the initiative with some solid straight shots before edging the second and third rounds.

Alfy Andrews performed well throughout his clash with Charlie Jenkins (Strood ABC), winning all three rounds to take a unanimous verdict.

And Kenyon ‘Sherman’ Reid recovered from the previous week’s defeat in the Development Championships as he won a split decision against Chae Bassett (Five Star).

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