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Boxing: Romford earn rewards in home opener

PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 October 2017

Romford's Tim Olla with coaches Paul Claydon and John Burling

Romford's Tim Olla with coaches Paul Claydon and John Burling

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Romford Boxing Club had success as they held their first show of the new season at Collier Row’s North Romford Community Centre.

Six club fighters took to the ring, with 15-year-old Harry Cooper producing a spirited display in a skills bout with a rival from Basildon’s Holland Park ABC.

Kallum Hayden, 15, was involved in a toe-to-toe battle with D. Bailey but lost on points, before Ethen Tisbury dug deep to beat D McDonagh (Bromley & Downham) at under-57kg to extend his unbeaten record to six wins.

Dean Owentbo, 17, showed his mettle in the next bout against fellow debutant F.Doran (Holland Park) at 67kg, with some long left-hand shots proving decisive for victory in a close contest.

After the interval, six foot seven inch Ayo Barek took on Finchley’s Prince Athuene in a super-heavyweight bout and, after a slow start, he pushed his opponent all the way with some big right hand shots in a majority points loss.

The last Romford member in action was 20-year-old Tim Olla, who was fighting for the first time in 11 months after coming down to 81kg for a light-heavyweight bout.

Strood ABC’s Nathan Lee had nearly 40 fights under his belt and made a bright start, before Olla came back strongly.

And the referee stopped the contest late on as Lee kept losing his gumshield, with Olla ahead on points at the time for a close win.

Olla and Tisbury are hoping to enter the senior and junior novice championships, with the weigh-in for their groups taking place this weekend.

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