Islington fighter turns the tables on Waterman at Hayes show

Sherif Musah (right) in action against John Waterman

Sherif Musah (right) in action against John Waterman - Credit: Archant

Islington BC’s Sherif ‘The Sandman’ Musah avenged a previous defeat as he returned to the ring for the first time in four months.

Musah had not boxed since November – with two scheduled opponents pulling out in that time – but he made a successful comeback by overcoming Woking’s John Waterman on Saturday’s Hayes ABC show.

Waterman had beaten the Islington boxer when they met last season, but this time Musah worked better throughout on the inside and produced the cleaner combination punching to take a majority decision.

It was a good night for the Hazellville Road club as Jeff Ofori also came out on top against an experienced Woking fighter, Billy Allington, with a majority decision over four rounds.

Allington kept the usually fluent Islington man off balance in the opening round, but Ofori gradually began to apply pressure and repeatedly caught his opponent from the second round onwards.

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Although the third and fourth rounds were closely contested, the heavier punching continued to come from Ofori and his hand was raised at the final bell.

“Sherif’s missed out a couple of times this year and that’s made him a little ring rusty,” said Islington chairman Lenny Hagland. “He was a bit nervous going into the fight.

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“But we were happy with both his performance and Jeff’s. It’s a bit more experience and a step towards where we want them to be.”

Musah and Ofori will both be included in the Islington squad to travel to Bavaria for a team match against German opposition next month.

Islington’s Malachi Borrell also gained revenge for a defeat last season as he racked up a unanimous points decision against Mandeep Nota (Fairbairn House) on a Southend BC show.

Borrell has made significant strides since his earlier defeat to Nota on a split decision, and his increased strength helped him to secure the verdict over three two-minute rounds.

On the same show, Islington’s Alfie Andrews was edged out in a close but unanimous points decision after an entertaining, all-action bout with Francis Storey (Luton Boxing Academy).

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