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Five Star boxers ready for big night

PUBLISHED: 17:30 23 February 2017

Five Star's Boy Jones Junior, Dominic Negus, Lenny Butcher and Sanjeev Sahota

Five Star's Boy Jones Junior, Dominic Negus, Lenny Butcher and Sanjeev Sahota

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Stalwarts Butcher and Negus guiding hopefuls

In a hectic week at Harold Hill’s Five Star gym, four young boxers have been preparing under coach Lenny Butcher for fights at York Hall tonight (Friday).

Club stalwart Butcher may be 70 years old, but he is still a key man on the amateur and pro circuits and has 44 years service at Five Star.

Butcher works with his ex-fighter Dominic Negus to train bright pro prospects during the day, before the amateurs’ evening sessions, and will see stable star Boy Jones Jnr defend his Southern Area title against Craig Poxton on Frank Warren’s Queensberry promotions show at the Bethnal Green venue.

Sanjeev Sahota and Billy Long aim to improve their unbeaten records on the same bill, as Harley Benn makes his debut, and popular ex-heavyweight Negus, respected as one of boxing’s real characters who is remembered for activities inside and outside of the ring, said: “It will be a busy night for us.

“Those stories are all in the past, now I am just working to build the careers of these young fighters – that’s what I do best.”

The 46-year old walked into the same Five Star gym nearly 30 years ago as a teenage novice and met Butcher and they were together through his amateur and pro career and still form a successful team.

Butcher, who lives in Havering atte-Bower, may be half a century older than 20-year-old Jones Jnr, but he is still a vital man in the set-up, guiding young fighters to the top.

Sikh warrior Sahota – a 25-year-old living in Romford with a family restaurant business in Mercia, Spain – will be cheered by his usual enthusiastic fans tonight having sold 200 tickets for the show.

Unbeaten middleweight Long hopes to shake off an injury to box at York Hall, while Benn, although not close to his father, the legendary former world champion Nigel, wants to make his mark as a super-middleweight.

n Hornchurch’s Albert Moughton, who boxes at West Ham BC, avenged a previous defeat against Dagenham new boy Abdoul Toure at Victoria Road last Friday.

Moughton, the nephew of former GB Olympic boxing captain Graham, fought fiercely in a thrilling clash, pouring on the punches at Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club and outpointing the hard-hitting Toure, who is now seeking a third clash.

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