Islington Boxing Club fighter secures first victory at York Hall

Islington BC's Amy Pu

Islington BC's Amy Pu - Credit: Archant

Islington BC’s Amy Pu finally picked up her first win on Sunday – breaking her duck at the best-known venue in amateur boxing.

Pu, who had lost her first three contests – and was back in the ring for the first time in over a year – triumphed on a split decision against Haringey’s Candice Ayrey at York Hall.

The Islington fighter, who helps out as ‘recorder’ to the volunteer supervisor at the club’s home shows, was one of several hopefuls taking part in the England Boxing Contender series.

Pu began boxing on the back foot, landing clean jabs on her opponent, and was able to take the centre of the ring during the second round, although Ayrey hit back with a few strong overhand rights.

The pace slowed in the final round of the 60kg contest, but Pu did enough to secure the verdict – one of four Islington boxers to taste victory on the night.

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A club spokesman said: “A massive well done to Amy – she has never once complained about her losses or the lack of bouts in the last year.

“She has certainly improved and been very dedicated to her training.”

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Islington’s Conrad Francis clinched his second win in two contests with a third round TKO in his 67kg bout against Daniel Wright (Farnham).

Opting to use single jabs throughout most of the contest, Francis gained in confidence and gave his opponent a standing eight count in the second round before landing a perfectly-timed left hook that resulted in another count and prompted the referee to halt proceedings.

Borys Feldman recovered from a poor first round against Alex Harvey (Hammersmith), working in close to pressure his opponent for the rest of the 69kg fight and clinch a split decision for the third time in a row.

Aaron Nicely extended his 100 per cent record since joining Islington to four victories, securing a unanimous decision in his 76kg bout against Curtis McGreevy (Corby Olympic).

After a cagey opening, Nicely began to get his jab working and upped his work-rate during the second round before finishing off in style with a series of straight right-arm attacks.

However, Islington’s Noelle O’Regan missed out as Rebecca Eaves (London Community) gained a unanimous verdict in their 70kg clash – and revenge for her defeat in their previous meeting two months ago.

Islington senior captain Jeff Ofori missed his chance to become an English title holder at Under-64kg, losing a unanimous decision to Jacob Gabriel (Basingstoke) at York Hall.

Ofori – who recently defeated Gabriel on a split decision – stalked his opponent throughout the three rounds, but failed to throw or land a sufficient volume of punches to give himself a chance of victory.

Elsewhere, two Islington boxers were defeated on a High Wycombe ABC show – Lamin Conteh losing a close split decision to the home club’s A Kayani and Kara Baah losing a four-rounder to L Parker (Stevenage ABC) on a unanimous verdict.

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