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Nigel Coe suffers Queensbury League blow

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 May 2016

Nigel Coe (left) in action against Danny Stalford (pic: Samantha Wordie)

Nigel Coe (left) in action against Danny Stalford (pic: Samantha Wordie)

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Moughton brothers return with wins

George and Albert Moughton celebrate their wins for West HamGeorge and Albert Moughton celebrate their wins for West Ham

Nigel Coe was left bruised but unbowed after losing his unbeaten Queensbury Boxing League record in an astonishing contest at the Copthorne Hotel.

Matched against Horley’s big-punching Danny Stalford, the 39-year-old Coe started off in electric fashion and stunned his younger opponent repeatedly in a fantastic opening round.

As the action moved on it was clear the crowd was being treated to something very special, but it also became apparent that Brentwood’s Coe was tiring from the ferocious exchanges.

He said: “I ran out of steam. I was supposed to box him, but I got a bit carried away.

“Both my hands are really bruised from hitting him with clean shots. I hit him with one uppercut and I wondered what I’d have to do to put him away.”

Coe was retired by his corner after a third round dubbed “the round of the year” in which both men scored knockdowns, the second a crunching right hand to the body by Stalford which caused Coe to double up in pain.

“After the knockdown I was really tired and I was also having problems seeing out of my left eye, so my trainer Clint Miller from Raging Bull Gym pulled me out,” he said.

Coe, who manages the Fitness First Gym in Romford, is undecided about his future, but admits a rematch with the talented Stalford would be something that appeals to him.

“I need to work on my conditioning and stick to my gameplan this time,” he added. “My hands are still sore, but I want to get back training in the next couple of days and get that bit fitter. I’d definitely like to fight on another Queensbury promotion.”

n Hornchurch brothers George and Albert Moughton spearheaded West Ham BC’s successful night on the Newham show at East Ham Working Men’s Club on Friday.

The 22-year-old George, who formerly boxed in Newham colours and reached two junior ABA finals, made his return after a five-year break to face Eltham’s experienced Joshua Payne.

It proved a close contest, but the Hammer shook off the ring rust as he landed the more effective shots in every round to make sure of a unanimous points win.

Younger brother Albert, 21, also a middleweight, sparkled in his West Ham debut as he dropped Islington’s James Costazo with a right uppercut in the second round.

Moughton went on to win a unanimous decision of his own and was later named the best visiting senior boxer of the night.

Their wins highlighted West Ham’s five out of five success on the show and continued the family tradition as their famous uncle Graham, Britain’s boxing captain at the 1972 Munich Olympics, also represented West Ham.

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