The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

Jubilant Jerome lands his first London title

    Published: 6 October, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    THE grand finals of the London Development Championships heralded mixed fortunes for four young fighters from Islington Boxing Club at the weekend following a night of pulsating action at Five Star ABC in east London. 

    Somewhat surprisingly, Jerome Campbell (on the right) was the only one of Islington’s hard-hitters left raising their arms in glory at the sound of the final bell after he beat Dennis Wahome from IQ Boxing to claim his first London title. 

    Competing in the Under-60kg Class ‘B’ final, Campbell frequently landed a clean orthodox jab early on to claim the opening round, before Wahome battled back to edge a closely-fought second and leave the result hanging in the balance going into the third and final round. 

    After another toe-to-toe tussle it was Campbell’s arm that was raised in victory via a split decision, a result that didn’t land well with Wahome, who was clearly unhappy as he pushed and barged his way out of the ring. 

    In the Under-69kg Class ‘A’ final Borys “The Split” Feldman failed to recover from a slow start as he lost to Repton’s Vilius Alisauskas. 

    Feldman, who had been struggling with flu leading up to the fight, showed plenty of heart over the three, two-minute rounds, but in the end just run out of steam as Alisauskas deservedly gained a unanimous win. 

    Following his switch from rival club Finchley ABC, Jiyan Oguz impressed on his debut for Islington in the Under-56kg Class ‘B’ final, but still failed to gain revenge over Christopher McKenzie. 

    Having previously lost to his opponent from London Community Boxing in the Haringey Box Cup, history repeated itself as McKenzie dominated the three rounds to claim a unanimous decision. 

    Last in the ring was the talented Lamin Conteh, who boxed against Repton’s Thomas Bennett in the Under-69kg Class ‘B’ final. 

    Lacking his usual speed and sharpness, Conteh got carried away swinging and trying to land a big, powerful punch, rather than sticking to the straight shots and well-crafted combinations that earnt him victory in the semi-finals. 

    It proved a costly error as, at the end of three tough rounds, it was Bennett’s arm that was raised in glory as he was awarded a unanimous win off the judges. 

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