Juniors to take centre stage on Islington Boxing Club show at Boston Arms
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Islington BC will give several younger boxers an opportunity to showcase their talent when they stage their first show of 2016 next week.
The Hazellville Road club hope to have at least two juniors making their competitive debuts, with another two appearing in skills contests for the first time on a packed programme at the Boston Arms, Tufnell Park.
Five of the club’s senior boxers, including recent London representative Georgiou Andreou, are also lined up to appear on the show, which takes place on Thursday February 3.
A club spokesman said: “The junior section has been built up nearly from scratch in the last year or so and, with fewer amateur shows taking place, the kids haven’t been able to gain experience.
“They are still in development but this show is a great opportunity for them to compete in the Islington colours and box in front of local home support.”
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Ten-year-old Oscar Spencer-Gittins and Sonny Devine, 11 (both 32kg) take part in their first skills contests, while 13-year-old Joshua Strong (52kg) is pencilled in for his second.
Kerem Sertten, 12, is looking to extend his 100 per cent record to four fights when he faces another unbeaten opponent, Josh Phillips (Kemsing) in a 29kg contest.
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Cam’ron Glenn-Gladstone, 11, makes his competitive debut at 38kg, while another 11-year-old, William Nantu, will be in action at 37kg, aiming to build on his win at Islington’s dinner show in December.
Fourteen-year-old Callum Angel-Taylor, who has just returned from injury, is back in the ring for the first time since his defeat in the junior development London semi-finals four months ago.
Angel-Taylor is set to enter the national junior championships in March at 57kg, along with Islington team-mate Tommy ‘The Tank’ Kerrigan (75kg), also 14.
Kerrigan – who was unlucky to miss out on a national schools title last year when his opponent withdrew due to illness – will also be boxing at the Boston Arms in a warm-up contest.
Rhys Kinsella, 17, makes his Islington debut in a 69kg contest, while the undefeated Marlon Kitzo (76kg) is back in the ring for the first time in nine months, taking on Dylan McElligot of Cashen Vale ABC in Ireland.
McElligot is one of several boxers from the Irish club who are visiting the Hazellville Road gym for a training camp next week and are likely to take part in the show.
One of those, Maurice Falvey, is scheduled to face Andreou – who is also in action on Saturday when he boxes for London in Copenhagen – in a 64kg contest.
Other senior Islington boxers appearing at the Boston Arms will include Lamin Conteh (70kg), Mateusz Szczepkowski (89kg), Conrad Francis (67kg), Borys Feldman (69kg), Demi Carter (78kg) and Aaron Nicely (77kg).
Nicely, a computer science student at London Metropolitan University, has also been entered for the British University & Colleges Sport Championships which take place in Newcastle the following weekend.
Doors open for the Boston Arms show at 6.30pm, with boxing due to get under way at 8pm, and advance tickets, priced at £15 (adults) and £5 (under-16s), are available from the club’s Hazellville Road gym.
For more information about tickets, or programme sponsorship, call Mick Doherty on 07921 724 601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org