Islington Boxing Club teenager marks comeback in style with victory at Boston Dome

Marlon Kizito, Islington BC

Marlon Kizito, Islington BC - Credit: Archant

Islington BC teenager Marlon Kizito made an impressive return to the ring with a third-round stoppage on the club’s open show at the Boston Dome, Tufnell Park.

The 17-year-old was boxing for the first time in 10 months and, despite conceding weight to Irish opponent Dylan McElligot, comprehensively outfought him to win their 76kg contest in the final round.

Kizito landed early head and body shots to take a clear lead and wore the Cashen Vale ABC boxer down with a series of jabs before upping the pace further.

Midway through the final round, McElligot took a standing eight count and the referee halted the contest soon afterwards, handing the Islington fighter victory in what is likely to be his final outing at youth level.

There were three other successes for the hosts on the night – the first of them secured by 12-year-old Kerem Sertten, who beat Josh Phillips (Kemsing ABC) for his fourth straight win.

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Southpaw Sertten had his opponent on the back foot for the majority of the opening round and landed the cleaner blows when they began to exchange.

The Kemsing fighter, who was warned for slapping, struggled to find his range and, after a lively final round, it was Sertten who took a unanimous decision.

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At senior level, Islington’s Lamin Conteh also secured a unanimous decision in his 70kg contest against Jamie-Lee Carly (Small Holdings ABC), making good use of his footwork to evade his opponent’s jab early on.

Conteh timed his shots well and, although Carly moved up a gear in the final round, it was the Islington man who gained the verdict – as well as the best home boxer of the night award.

Borys Feldman maintained his 100 per cent record against the previously unbeaten Mark Taylor (Repton ABC) with a split decision, his fourth in a row.

The Islington fighter began strongly with some strong combinations and Taylor took a standing eight count, while the second round was a closer affair.

The tables were turned in the final round as Feldman took a standing eight count of his own – but his earlier effort proved crucial as the scorecard went in his favour.

However, Islington’s Conrad Francis experienced defeat for the first time as he lost a split decision in his 67kg clash with Stuart Prince (Watford ABC).

Francis opted to use single jabs and let his guard down too low, with Prince taking advantage and forcing a standing eight count late on to seal the verdict.

There was also disappointment for another Islington boxer, Demi Carter, who lost out to the recently-crowned national development Class A 77kg champion Nikoletta Paksi (Repton ABC).

Carter began brightly with some clean shots on the back foot, but she then began to tire heavily and took a standing eight count before being forced into the corner in the final round – and a second count prompted her corner to throw in the towel.

A trio of Islington youngsters took part in skills contests, with Oscar Spencer-Gittens, 10, dedicating the fight against Paddy Casey (Holland Park ABC) to his grandfather, who had passed away four days earlier.

Eleven-year-old Sonny Devine boxed William Saunders (Holland Park ABC), while Joshua Strong, 13, took on Kier Camp-Harouni (Kemsing ABC).

Although a total of six fights fell through on the night, the show was well supported by over 450 spectators.

A spokesman for the Hazellville Road club said: “The quantity of contests was not what we would have wished for, considering how many boxers we had carded, but the quality of the contests certainly made up for it.”

Times ABC’s Dannel Charles picked up his first victory on the Boston Dome show, defeating Donal Rice (Cashen Vale ABC) on a 72kg senior contest.

Charles had Rice on the back foot for much of the first round and produced a string of clean jabs to the Irishman’s head, coupled with good head movement of his own, to take a split decision.

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