The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

Big fight night of of national finals proves so tough

    St Pancras ABC boxers Sherifdeen Lawal (left) and Leon Lyons with their coach CJ

    St Pancras ABC boxers Sherifdeen Lawal (left) and Leon Lyons with their coach CJ Hussein

    Published: 3 November, 2016

    IT proved a weekend of close calls and lingering thoughts on what could have been, as fighters from two of the biggest amateur boxing clubs in the capital came within punches of landing glory in the grand finals of the England Development Championships. 

    Islington Boxing Club’s Jerome Campbell (pictured below) was among the stars hoping to strike gold when he went up against Eastburn’s Joshua Holmes in the Senior Under-60kg ‘B’ Class final, which was held in Grantham.

    Campbell started brightly as he used his jab to maximum effect, but that didn’t deter Holmes from continuing to push forward. 

    And he piled on pressure on the Islington man as he tried to land big punches to his opponent’s head and body whenever possible. 

    In the second round Campbell looked like he was gaining the advantage as he started to box off the back foot and while on the ropes. 

    But as the contest moved into the third and final round Holmes was landing the heavier punches, leading the referee to raise his hand at the sound of the final bell after the judges awarded him the victory courtesy of a split decision. 

    St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club’s Leon Lyons was also in action at the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre as he went head-to-head against Rectory ABC’s Ellis Dyer in the Junior Under-54kg Class ‘A’ final on Saturday. 

    Dyer went on to claim a unanimous victory after three tough two-minute rounds. But Saints coach CJ Hussein said he was more than proud of his young fighter. 

    “Leon made it all the way to a national final. He can certainly hold his head up high,” he said. 

    “He went up against an opponent with a lot more experience and he held his own. 

    “There are exciting times ahead for both Leon and 

    St Pancras Boxing Club.” 

    Meanwhile Saints team-mate Sherifdeen Lawal took his personal tally in the amateur ranks to three wins in six bouts on Saturday when he beat Lukasz Dobosz. 

    Competing over three two- minute rounds, Lawal always looked in control as he won the contest on points during an exciting night of action at Stonebridge Boxing Club in Willesden. 


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