The Independent London Newspaper
21st September 2018

Fighters’ mixed fortunes in nationals

    St Pancras ABC coach 'Big' Lewis Fattahi with fighters Adam Zeroual and Nasreen

    St Pancras ABC coach 'Big' Lewis Fattahi with fighters Adam Zeroual and Nasreen Anderson

    Published: 20 October, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    THERE were mixed emotions for top fighters from two of the biggest boxing clubs in the capital at the weekend when they stepped between the ropes for the quarter-finals of the National Development Championships at the Spiceball Leisure Centre in Banbury. 

    Competing in the Under-48kg Class ‘A’ division, St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club’s Adam Zeroual was one of the first in the ring on Sunday as he took on Billy Buckley from Hoddesdon Boxing Academy. 

    The three two-minute round contest proved a topsy-turvy affair with both fighters unloading some good combinations, but in the end the judges narrowly handed the fight to Buckley on a split decision. 

    The Saints’ semi-finalist Leon Lyons

    Club-mate Nasreen Anderson, who was the first female boxer to represent the Saints, also put in a strong showing against Martyna Jackowska in the Under-48kg Class ‘B’ division. 

    Again it was the St Pancras fighter who ended up on the wrong side of the decision following another bout that could have gone either way. 

    “I felt I put in an aggressive performance and held the centre of the ring, but I gave my opponent too much space and didn’t move my head enough,” admitted Anderson afterwards. 

    “There wasn’t much in it. Towards the end of the fight she maybe landed the bigger shots.” 

    Islington Boxing Club’s Jerome Campbell with coaches Darren Smith (left) and John Richards

    The Saints will be hoping for better luck this Saturday when Leon Lyons takes on Evan Vear from Barton Hall in the semi-finals of the Under-54kg Class ‘A’ division at Portman Road, home of Ipswich Town Football Club. 

    Competing in the Under-60kg ‘B’ Class division, Islington Boxing Club’s Jerome Campbell was in fine form on Sunday as he beat Benjamin Duncan from Bletchley ABC to earn a place in the semi-finals of the national championships. 

    Taking to the ring, also at the Spiceball Leisure Centre, Campbell started off cautiously on the back foot, picking his shots carefully and letting his opponent walk onto his sharp, dazzling straight combinations. 

    The Islington fighter showed off more of his repertoire of punches as he grew in confidence, and was in complete control by the end of the bout as he gained a clear unanimous points victory. 

    Demi Carter: the Islington fighter lost out in her national quarter-final contest in Wakefield

    Club-mate Amy Pu was unlucky to be adjudged to have lost her contest against Essex University’s Roseanna Allen on a split decision following a closely-fought three-round contest in the Under-60kg Class ‘A’ division. 

    Meanwhile on Saturday, Islington’s Demi Carter suffered a unanimous defeat against Shauna Stanton from Felling Warriors in her national quarter-final contest, which was held in Wakefield. 

    Competing in the Under-75kg Class ‘A’ division, Carter used her  jab well in the opening round, catching Stanton with a collection of well-placed, clean shots. 

    However as the round went on, Stanton began to find her momentum and went on to comfortably take the second round. 

    Carter knew she had to up the gears to claim victory going into the final round and – although her coaches felt she had done just enough to earn the win – it was Stanton’s hand that was raised in victory. 

    “I wasn’t at my best and felt I could’ve beat her, but it just wasn’t to be my day,” a disappointed Carter said afterwards. 

    “I’m now aiming to compete on club shows for the rest of the season and slowly drop down in weight. Hopefully I’ll be boxing in future championships at Under-69kg.” 

     

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