The Independent London Newspaper
26th April 2019

Buatsi boost for Saints’ youngster

    Adam Zeroual with Olympian Joshua Buatsi

    Adam Zeroual with Olympian Joshua Buatsi

    Published: 17 November, 2016

    TALENTED young boxer Adam Zeroual felt every bit like a champion on Saturday when his latest victory was celebrated by Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi. 

    The St Pancras Amateur Boxing Club fighter showed off the skill, speed and shot selection in his locker as he beat Joe Gaul from Blackbird Leys Boxing Club on points. 

    In a magical moment of inspiration light-heavyweight Buatsi, who won Britain’s first boxing medal at the Rio Olympics by securing bronze after narrowly losing on points in the semi-finals, joined in the fun of fight night in Peckham by presenting Adam with his winner’s trophy. 

    Claudia Wilmot-Smith (pictured above) was also in action in south London as she made her debut for Islington Boxing Club at the first ever London Community Boxing open show, which was held at the Copleston Centre. 

    The trainee barrister boasted a fast jab and landed some good shots to the body to earn a points victory over Sidney Poole, who was representing the host club. 

    Islington also had fighters in action in Harlow as the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Boxing Championship got underway at the weekend. 

    Competing in the Under-69kg category, Yaser Al-Ghena recovered from a slow start to outpoint Repton ABC’s Thomas Bennett over three rounds in his semi-final on Saturday. 

    A combination of counter punches and useful body blows saw Al-Ghena (picutred left) gain a unanimous verdict from the judges, setting up a final against club-mate Inder Bassi (picutred right), who received a bye into the final. 

    Bassi finally made his debut for the club on Sunday, although perhaps he would have preferred not to do so against a fellow Islington man. 

    The bout produced plenty of action as their contrasting styles made for a very competitive contest, with Al-Ghena pressing the fight and throwing the heavier punches, while Bassi was boxing well behind his long jab and moving well throughout the three rounds. 

    In the end it was Al-Ghena’s arm that was raised in victory after he edged a close split-decision to claim his first London title. 

    Meanwhile there was disappointment for Islington’s Mason Smith on Sunday as he was eliminated by Elliot Whale from Nemesis ABC in the Under-64kg category. 

    In another close contest, Mason threw some powerful left hooks and body shots, but in the end the judges awarded Whale the win via a split decision.



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