Romford BC duo celebrate fine wins as club hosts first home show of new campaign

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 October 2018

Romford's Jack Clements celebrates his win

Romford's Jack Clements celebrates his win


Romford Boxing Club’s first show of the season proved to be a successful one for two of their fighters in action at the North Romford Community Centre, writes Lee Power.

Jack Clements, 16, was making only his second appearance in the ring at 65kg against Canvey ABC’s Kane Cruddington, but produced a superb display to earn the first win for the hosts.

Clements made a bright start and was soon on top, leaving his opponent in trouble on the ropes and earning a first-round stoppage.

The 20-year-old Paul Claydon Jr had his third senior contest at 52kg against 32-year-old Simon Baylis from Horsham ABC.

And the more experienced Baylis, despite having 18 bouts under his belt, was soon on the back foot as Claydon went on the attack from the start.

A stronger second round from the visiting boxer left it all hinging on the last, with Claydon digging in to earn a points decision and claim his second successive win at the weight.

Ethan Tisbury, 15, took on William Dragsic from Holland Shore ABC at 63kg and won the first round behind some good straight shots.

But he was eventually edged out on points after a lively affair.

The 25-year-old Ayo Barek met the experienced Franklin Augustin from Repton at 115kg and the six foot seven inch Romford boxer landed big right hand shots to win the first round.

Augustin rallied to win the next and set up a decider, which the judges ruled in his favour.

Scott Palmer, 34, engaged in a lively bout at 66kg with Ryan Berry from Cambridge’s Trumpington club, but after three good rounds it was the visitor who earned a split decision at ringside.

The final bout of the night saw 21-year-old Tim Olla and proved worth the wait.

Returning to the ring after a year out, having injured both hands during a win in Portugal, Olla traded blows throughout with Italian opponent Giano Antoh.

Both fighters gave it their all from start to finish over four two-minute rounds, but the home boxer was edged out on a split decision.

Romford coach Paul Claydon Sr said: “On another night we could have had five winners, but no complaints. It really was without doubt the best boxing I’ve seen in a long while.”

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