Islington Boxing Club star defeats Welsh national champion

Valerian Spicer, Islington BC

Valerian Spicer, Islington BC - Credit: Archant

Islington BC’s Valerian Spicer warmed up for her next international fight with victory against Welsh champion Charlene Jones at Merlins Bridge.

Spicer, who heads to Mexico at the end of this month to represent Dominica in the Pan American Games qualifiers, overcame her opponent on a split decision in the four-round 60kg contest.

The Islington fighter began at a slow pace in the opening round, but she used her range to counter-punch as the fight went on, causing problems for Jones with a series of long shots and uppercuts.

Spicer was joined on the show by her Islington team-mate Ramel Smith, who was also victorious on a split decision in his 70kg clash with the home club’s Phil Dorde.

Smith struggled to close the distance against his taller opponent in the first round, but he gradually picked up the pace and threw the cleaner shots, including some excellent combination punches, to seal victory.

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Islington’s Cherrelle Brown has been called up to box for England at the GB Senior Elite Three Nations tournament which takes place in Rotherham this weekend.

Meanwhile, Tommy Kerrigan and Caroline Dubois have both received byes to the national finals of the England Boxing Schools Championship later this month.

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