Rhoden retains unbeaten record on successful Islington Boxing Club show

Natasha 'Nutty' Rhoden of Islington BC

Natasha 'Nutty' Rhoden of Islington BC - Credit: Archant

Birthday girl Natasha ‘Nutty’ Rhoden maintained her unbeaten record with a polished performance against Anelle Massey on Islington BC’s open show at the Boston Dome.

Rhoden boxed well throughout three rounds against the Sheerness ABC fighter, producing smart long-range punches and the occasional body shot to claim her third straight win on a unanimous decision.

Overall, there were a total of 14 contests in front of a crowd of over 350 at the Tufnell Park venue, with Reggie Hagland making a successful debut as Islington matchmaker.

The show began with skills bouts for two of Islington’s younger members – Jack Boylan, 11, who boxed Billy Reading (Small Holdings) and 10-year-old Prince Dubois, who lined up against Tony McDonagh (Small Holdings).

The first competitive bout of the evening was a lively one as the home club’s Lucy Turner, 11, made her debut against Leonie Rumble (Rumbles Boxing Academy).

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Rumble found her range first with some good southpaw combinations and, although the Islington girl landed some eye-catching right-hand shots, she was kept at bay in the final round and a split decision went against her.

Ernie Swinhoe, 12, was the Hazellville Road club’s first winner on the night, with his counter-punching at range proving decisive as he triumphed by unanimous decision against Patrick McDonagh (Finchley ABC).

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Islington’s Tommy Kerrigan returned to the ring after an eight-month absence and began well despite boxing on the retreat against a bigger opponent, Jake Callingham (Hayes ABC).

However, Callingham fought back in the second round and his superior work-rate tilted the contest in his favour, gaining a split decision after Kerrigan received a standing eight-count.

A trio of Islington debutants followed that contest, with 16-year-old Marlon Kizito catching the eye as he produced a commanding display and some excellent combinations to take a unanimous decision against experienced opponent Liam Dyer (Tottenham & Enfield ABC).

Senior boxer Michael Antoniou had the better of the early exchanges against Tomasz Madeja (Haringey Police ABC), but faded later and lost a unanimous decision.

Islington’s Simon Collins paid the price for his lack of scoring punches as he dropped a unanimous decision to Timon Asiama (Cuban Boxing Academy, Hanwell).

Kenyon ‘Sherman’ Reid recorded his fourth straight victory against strong puncher Nathan Wilson (Small Holdings ABC), edging a close split decision despite struggling to land many combinations.

Islington captain Jeff Ofori earned the boxer of the night award after taking a unanimous decision in a rematch of his recent London Development Championship clash with Olly Lee (Marvels Lane ABC).

Ofori gained his rhythm after a slow opening round and landed some eye-catching combinations before a series of heavy right uppercuts forced Lee to take a standing count in the closing stages.

Islington’s Justyn Page-Allen turned in a classy performance against Billy English (Small Holdings ABC), boxing behind two-handed attacks and switching from head to body as he took a deserved unanimous decision.

Improving heavyweight Mateusz Szczepkowski overturned his recent loss to Louis Lye (Hayes ABC), with strong right hands and a consistent jab securing a unanimous decision for the Islington boxer.

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