Mixed fortunes for Romford tourists
PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 September 2014
Youngsters impress in Denmark
Romford’s Paul Claydon and Lewis Hughes experienced mixed fortunes in the early part of their tour of Denmark this week.
The duo took on high quality rivals near the German border in Felsted, where they were joined by three boxers from Cambridge club Trumpington and Basildon’s Nick Tipler.
And Claydon produced a skillful display for A Hillgard in the 50kg bout, showing plenty of ability against a muscular opponent to earn a fifth straight points win for the touring party.
Hughes was last into the ring and met national champion Ali Mohamed at 60kg, but despite an excellent performance the Romford youngster was edged out by the verdict.
The Romford duo moved on 300km to Copenhagen to train with the Gladsaxe club for the rest of the week before competing in the Haslev Box Cup in Zealand this weekend.
Coach Paul Claydon senior said: “The news of the boys will have reached there long before and we expect a tough time.”
*Hornchurch & Elm Park’s Tony Gladman was edged out of the North East Division Novice Championships at Harold Hill’s Five Star club last Friday.
Gladman took on Repton’s Alex Campbell in a Class A 75kg bout and worked well on the inside against a tall, rangy opponent.
But Campbell was awarded the points win and went through to the final, where he was beaten by his Repton clubmate Tim Agbetile.
A club spokesman said: “It was disappointing. We thought Tony had won the first two rounds, with the third fairly even.”
Hornchurch hold their first show of the new season at Chafford Leisure Centre, Lambs Lane, Rainham tomorrow (Saturday).
They have 18 bouts lined up, including four senior contests, and the action starts at 1.30pm. Entry is £10 adults and £5 concessions.
*Four-time champion Lee Markham defends his British Masters Gold super-middleweight title against former Commonwealth champion Bradley Pryce at York Hall tomorrow (Saturday).
“I respect Bradley for everything he has done in boxing and this will be no easy fight,” said Markham.
Rainham’s Joe Mullender takes on Latvian Ruslans Pojonisevs on the same Goodwin Promotions bill for the International Masters super-middleweight crown.