Five Star enjoy super show

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 February 2014

Five Star BC Ed McDonagh

Five Star BC Ed McDonagh


Harold Hill club begin year in style

Harold Hill’s Five Star BC enjoyed a share of success at their first show of the year at Gooshays Drive.

The 16-year-old Gina Boot produced an impressive display on her club debut and proved too strong for her rival, earning a second-round stoopage.

Alex O’Halloran was another debutant to catch the eye, earning the verdict from all three judges, while senior Ed McDonagh, 31, also won a unanimous decision on his first-ever outing.

Albie Moughton won the best home senior award after a ding-dong battle with J Kumuteo, who earned a majority win after both boxers were knocked down in the first two rounds.

And Regan Waller claimed the best home junior after another barnstorming contest, which went the way of rival J Freeman (Southend) on a split decision.

Club spokesman Martin Gowing said: “It was one of those that could easily have gone the other way in a great day’s entertainment, with the judging pretty much spot on in my opinion.

“A few majorities could have gone the other way on another day, but that’s boxing.

“It was a great crowd, as always at our shows, knowledgable, respectful - real amateur boxing aficionados. And there was some great matching by Eddie Kelly with only one bout not going the distance.

“Every single one of the 38 boxers were a credit to the sport and gave the crowd a great afternoon’s entertainment.

“Huge thanks to the officials, judges and referees who came and gave their time for free to ensure these shows can take place and to the whole Five Star family. At the end of the show we had a ring to put down, a hall to clean and clear, the inner gym to set back up, the food and drink to clear up and because of the huge team effort we did it in 30 minutes!”

Five Star’s next show is on March 22 and they are also selling tickets for their annual dinner show at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell on May 2.

Results: F McDonagh (Hooks) won unan v L Roncari (St Pancras); M Leyden (Five Star) v J Burns (Newham) skills; A Hill (V & Pitsea) v N Smith (Newham) skills; S Mann (Canvey) v J Islam (Newham) skills; K Bassi (Gator) won maj v M O’Brien (Five Star); M Durning (Cambridge) won unan v M Boot (Five Star); N Ali-Asghar (Phoenix) won maj v M London (Gator); E Swinhoe (Islington) won maj v P Mongan (E.L.B.A); G Boot (Five Star) won RSC2 v A Shipsides (Phoenix); J Kumuteo won maj v A Moughton (Five Star); J Freeman (Southend) won maj v R Waller (Five Star); A O’Halloran (Five Star) won unan v K Bush (North Herts); J McDonagh (Lion) won unan v F Foxwell (Five Star); M Holden (Five Star) won unan v E McDonagh (Islington); K Preka (Five Star) won unan v M Hamon (Cambridge); M Borrel (Islington) won unanv R Haidari (E.L.B.A); D Katrapov (Islington) won unan v J Graves (Cambridge); E McDonagh (Five Star) won unan v A Islami (Northolt).

Awards, Best Visiting Junior: J Freeman (Southend); Best Home Junior: R Waller; Best Visiting Senior: A Panazada (Cranford); Best Home Senior: A Moughton.

n There was double disappointment Havering’s Billy Beer and Joe Kelleher as they finished as runners-up in the England Youth finals at Manchester on Sunday.

The former Five Star duo, now at Bethnal Green’s Repton BC, had enjoyed success all the way on the National title trail, but were beaten by strong northern rivals.

Everton Red Triangle Club’s Peter McGrail looked one of the most talented boxers in the championships as he defeated Beer in the Class B 56kg finals.

Beer, who had earlier won two national titles, battled all the way in trying to upset his rival but McGrail, from a Liverpudlian fighting family, took the decision.

Kelleher’s impressive run ended as he dropped a points verdict to Jimmy Tyres from Northumberland’s Newbiggin BC in the Class B 69kg final.

Tyres proved the stronger is some keenly fought exchanges as the Repton boxer tried to produce the winning form he had shown earlier in the championships.

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