McCarthy is star turn as Islington BC celebrate 40 years

From left: Islington BC's Paddy McCarthy with three generations of Haglands - PR officer Reggie, his

From left: Islington BC's Paddy McCarthy with three generations of Haglands - PR officer Reggie, his grandfather Ron (honorary secretary) and father Lenny (chairman) at the club's 40th anniversary show - Credit: Archant

Islington BC’s Paddy McCarthy produced the outstanding performance of the night as the club celebrated their 40th anniversary with a stellar show at the Boston Dome.

McCarthy, one of 11 Islington fighters who entertained a capacity crowd at the Tufnell Park venue, clinched a majority verdict over classy Repton switch-hitter Taylor Ayling to earn the best boxer of the night award.

Ayling found his range in the opening round, but the Islington boxer slowed him down with a series of hurtful body punches in the second and continued to apply the pressure as he secured the decision.

Islington junior Darren Ward opened the show against another Repton opponent, Joseph Doran – who took the opening two sessions to gain a unanimous points decision, despite Ward’s fightback in the third.

Tommy Kerrigan (Islington) boxed with a great deal of strength and courage against Repton’s Frank Baker, but was picked off as the bout progressed and lost on a close majority verdict.

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The Hazellville Road club’s first success of the night came from Alfie Andrews, who displayed discipline and determination against Cambridge ABC’s Martin Haman as he constantly forced his opponent onto the back foot and took a unanimous decision.

Islington’s Jack Sinnott began brightly against Jack Freeman (Southend), boxing well off the back foot, but Freeman found his range and caught his rival with accurate body punches in the last round to secure a unanimous verdict.

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Nehemiah Thomas put up a creditable performance, applying pressure throughout against Alfie Sharman (Small Holdings), but the visiting boxer’s experience ultimately told as he took a unanimous decision.

The show also included five senior bouts, with persistence paying off for Islington’s Mohammed Ali as he emerged with a unanimous decision after a lively see-saw contest against Kwame Boateng (Feltham Police Community BC).

Promising youngster Jordan Prince looked in control throughout as he recorded his second victory in two contests against Tony Gladman (Hornchurch & Elm Park).

Prince wobbled his opponent with a big right-hander in the second round, forcing the referee to issue a standing eight count, and the unanimous decision in favour of the Islington boxer was never in doubt.

Islington heavyweight Mateusz Szczepkowski lost a unanimous decision to Vangelis Akubeze (Finchley), whose greater work-rate kept him ahead despite a rally in the second round from the home boxer.

An exhilarating display from Islington’s Jeff Ofori secured a unanimous verdict in his bout against the highly-rated Joshua Nelson (Palmers Academy) over four two-minute rounds.

Nelson began brightly, but took a standing eight count after a hard right from Ofori in the third round and, although he responded with a straight right of his own, the Islington man dominated the last round and inflicted a second count with a flurry of blows.

Carlos Moreno (Islington) rounded off the show with his senior elite bout against Finchley’s Mohammed Gharib, taking the opening round with his constant aggression.

Gharib boxed well in the second, but the Islington man regained control and outscored him from both close and long range, finishing off with a relentless body attack in the final minute to seal a unanimous decision.

Islington BC chairman Lenny Hagland said: “What a night and massive thanks to the loyal supporters of our club. It was a great crowd, considering there was a tube strike.

“Well done to all the boxers and coaches as well, a credit to the club. We look forward to another successful 40 years!”

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