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Junior boxers end season on a high

There’s ‘more to come’ as talented young fighters show their potential in the ring

05 July, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Lewis Whelan-Barone

A TEAM of six juniors from one of north London’s top amateur boxing clubs ended their season on a high when they each won a medal at the Bristol Box Cup.

Recent National Schools finalist Lewis Whelan-Barone ensured that Islington Boxing Club’s first-ever showing at the tournament would be a memorable one when he beat Michael Parr from Kirkby ABC to win a gold medal in the Under-50kg division.

“Lewis only joined the club earlier this year, along with his sister Cherise, and we’re enjoying working with him,” said Islington’s club manager Reggie Hagland. “He has been runner-up in the Schools’ Championships two years on the spin – we’re hoping that he can go one step further in his final year in the tournament next year.”

Twins Caiden and Kyron Hughes won silvers

William Nantu also won gold – his first honour as an amateur boxer – as he put in his best performance to date to beat Torrington Police ABC’s Ned Pettifer in the Under-48kg division.

Maximilian Glenister can “consider himself unlucky” not to start his career at the Hazellville Road-based club in Upper Holloway with a gold medal. Reggie said that he felt his boxer landed “the cleaner punches throughout” the Under-32kg contest against Lewis Smith from Jennings Boxing Academy, but the judges disagreed as they handed Smith a unanimous verdict.

William Nantu and George Bartlett

Recent National Schools finalist Kyron Hughes also returned home with a silver medal after he was beaten by Thomas Smith from Jennings Boxing Academy in his final in the Under-48kg division.

His twin brother, Caiden, also finished as the runner-up after being outboxed by Repton ABC’s rangy southpaw, Freddie Pullen.

“The twins have both had a great first season at the club,” said Reggie.

“There is more to come from these two fantastic young men. Their dad, Nyron, is also a fantastic asset to our junior competitive squad as a part of our dedicated and hard-working coaching team.”

All of Islington’s boxers had byes to their finals – that is, except for George Bartlett. Competing in the Under-48kg division, the talented 14-year-old defeated John Penfold from Devonport ABC in a closely fought semi-final. And following a tough final he collected a silver medal after losing to Chepstow ABC’s Richard Gilheney.

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