The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

A crowded house for big fight night

    Borys Feldman, winner of the Home Boxer of Night Award, with show sponsor Dave B

    Borys Feldman, winner of the Home Boxer of Night Award, with show sponsor Dave Barron

    Published: 10 November, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    • MORE than 500 fight fans packed into the The Royal National Hotel in Russell Square, Bloomsbury, on Friday to support Islington Boxing Club’s first show of the 2016/17 season. 

    Former IBF world middleweight champion Darren Baker and former Arsenal players Nigel Winterburn, Perry Groves and Martin Hayes were among the supporters ringside as boxers from the Hazellville Road-based gym took part in 10 pulsating bouts. 

    Islington’s Freddie Kinsella got the ball rolling in the night’s only junior bout as he made his debut for the club against Meiwand Saleh from All Stars ABC. 

    In a scrappy encounter between the two 15-year-olds, it was the All Stars man who just edged the contest on a split decision. 

    The hosts didn’t have to wait long for their first win, however, which came when Borys “The Split” Feldman once again lived up to his nickname by claiming victory for the ninth time out of 12 contests with a split decision. 

    He beat Anton Baldock of St Osyth’s ABC in a performance that saw him voted the best home boxer of the night by show sponsor Dave Barron. 

    Welterweight Yaser Al-Ghena (pictured below) was also making his debut for Islington Boxing Club following his move from Finchley ABC.

    He notched up a good win as he beat Sergio Gugliotta from the Royal Air Force courtesy of a split decision. 

    Another former Finchley ABC fighter making his debut for his new club on the night was lightweight Mo Ghraib, who scored a win as he outpointed Mark Butler of Hillcrest ABC.

    There was some consolation for the visiting man, however, as was awarded the best away boxer of the night award. 

    A thrilling night of action also saw Cherrelle Brown gain a unanimous win over former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Alanna Murphy, who was representing the Army. 

    There were also impressive victories for National Development Championship silver medallist Jerome Campbell and club-mate Lamin Conteh (picture below). 

    Meanwhile, reigning England Boxing Southern Area belt holder Mason Smith outpointed the highly-rated Jacob Gabriel of Basingstoke ABC.

    And now – having successfully defended the belt for the third time – he becomes the first boxer in England to keep the prestigious title. 

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