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Romford trio help bring home the bacon

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 February 2014

Tom Lickfold attacks against Mikkel Skovgaard (pic: Ronny Torp)

Tom Lickfold attacks against Mikkel Skovgaard (pic: Ronny Torp)

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Boxers combine to beat Danish Select

Three young Romford boxers helped the North East London division to success over a Danish Select in Copenhagen at the weekend.

Tom Lickfold, Paul Claydon junior and Lewis Hughes were part of a representative squad that sealed a 5-4 win at the Gladsaxe tournament and claimed two of the victories.

First up in front of a partisan 1,200-strong crowd was 15-year-old Lickfold, who gave away 2kg in weight to opponent Mikkel Skovgaard in only his fifth bout but produced an excellent display to win on points.

Claydon Jnr had to go up in weight after his original opponent was taken ill and knocked down Oliver Zorin in the second round of their clash, before being edged out on points.

Hughes, 16, was the last of the Romford boys in action against Yousef Baraki and showed good skill to keep his opponent at bay before getting him into trouble on the ropes and winning on points.

Romford return to home turf to host a show at the RUSC Club in Mawney Road tonight (Friday).

Doors are open from 7pm, with the show set to begin at 8pm, and prices are £10 for adults and £5 children.

No under-18s from visiting clubs will be permitted unless accompanied by an adult.

Havering’s Billy Beer and Joe Kelleher will look to book their places in the England Youth finals when they appear at Portsmouth this weekend.

The pair, who joined Repton from Harold Hill’s Five Star, clinched semi-final places with battling wins against Eli Saunders and Aaron McHugh, respectively, at Harlow last weekend.

Powerful right hands set Beer up for his Class B 56kg triumph against Farnham Warriors rival Saunders, who came back well in the second round.

Beer made sure of victory in the final round, decking his rival with another explosive right to take a split decision.

Improving Kelleher also carried too much power for Ventnor opponent McHugh in his Class B 69kg bout, as the referee called a halt in the third round.

The Isle of Wight youngster was outgunned as Kelleher ripped shots through his defences and the referee sensibly ended the one-sided action.

Beer meets Yarsir Afzal (Oxford BA) and Kelleher faces Liam O’Hare (Lydney) at Portsmouth, alongside Repton clubmates Sonny Edwards and Jimmy Smith.

The start of the 2014 English Schools Championships begin with the NE London finals at Shoreditch’s Lion club this weekend.


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