Romford boxers celebrate as club stages Refuse to Lose show in tribute to late Howe

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 March 2018

Romford's Jack Clements with his Refuse to Lose trophy and members of the Howe family

Romford's Jack Clements with his Refuse to Lose trophy and members of the Howe family


Romford Boxing Club held their annual Refuse to Lose show for the third successive year on Saturday in memory of the late Daren Howe.

Romford's Ayo Barek in action at the club showRomford's Ayo Barek in action at the club show

And they saw four of their boxers celebrate wins as they paid tribute to a former friend and coach of both Romford and Alma Boxing Club.

Debutant Jack Clements was the first in action, against Wimbledon’s C Lewis, who had won his one previous bout.

Clements produced an excellent performance to earn a points win, landing some big shots along the way to win the best boxer of the night prize and the Refuse to Lose trophy.

Ethan Tisbury was up next and met Bromley & Downham’s David McDonagh in a return bout, only to lose a very close contest this time to make it one win each and leave him with six wins from eight fights overall.

Romford's Daniel Ciuma with his trophyRomford's Daniel Ciuma with his trophy

The 17-year-old Dane Owen came out strong in the next bout and went toe-to-toe with L Quirk from Kemsing.

And the early attacks by the Romford fighter led to the referee stopping the bout in the first round, with Quirk unable to continue.

Tom Lickfold had his first senior outing for Romford after a two-year lay-off and met late replacement D Filisiano from Reading.

And despite giving away a lot of weight to his opponent, Lickford outboxed the aggressive Filisiano to claim a points win.

Romford coach Paul Claydon talks to Dane OwenRomford coach Paul Claydon talks to Dane Owen

Daniel Ciuma, 18, faced a very hard bout at 76kg and ended up beaten on points by S Kourtar (Bromley & Downham).

And the sixth and last Romford boxer to take to the ring on the night, which saw a total of 13 bouts staged, was 24-year-old super-heavyweight Ayo Barek, as he met Finchley’s Prince Atuehane in a rematch.

Barek was looking to avenge his only loss in three previous outings and did just that with a points triumph at 110kg.

Alma’s Joe Godfrey was also celebrating a win on the night after outpointing Kettering rival A Grey at 85kg, with all bouts held over three two-minute rounds.

Romford coach Paul Claydon said: “Daren’s brothers were there along with his nephew to give out the trophies and award the best boxer of the night and the Refuse to Lose trophy to Jack Clements.”

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