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Masood Abdullah makes a point as hundreds turn out for big fight night

19 May, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

Fight of the night: Masood Abdullah punches his way to victory over Fatjon Gola

BLOOMSBURY witnessed a colossal fight night on Friday when Islington Boxing Club hosted their fifth and final show of the amateur season.

More than 500 supporters, including Team GB’s super-heavyweight sensation Frazer Clarke, packed into the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square to see the battle of the boxers unfold and help raise vital funds for the club.

The performance of the night saw Islington’s Masood Abdullah gain a unanimous points victory over Fatjon Gola of Fairbairn ABC.

Jumping for joy: Jenson Curtin after his win over Frank Watson

Competing at 62kg, Masood dominated the three three-minute rounds with an all-action display that later saw him win the best home boxer of the night award.

Islington club-mates Chris Cunningham, Slavisa Gegic, Shaun Thomas and Lamin Conteh also all picked up unanimous victories.

Battling it out in the 75kg division, Chris marked his return to the ring for the first time in three years with an impressive win over Ray Firth from Attleborough ABC.

Slavisa, meanwhile, shrugged off the illness that blighted his pre-fight preparations to beat Xavier Akinsete from All Stars Boxing Gym in the 70kg division.

The victory leaves the Islington man in great shape to challenge for honours at the National Development Championships in September.

Lamin Conteh outpunches George Harvey

Competing at 60kg, southpaw Shaun boxed well to get the better of Matt Saunders from Chelmsford ABC.

London Elite champion Lamin picked his shots well and landed with great accuracy as he beat George Harvey from Rumbles Boxing Academy in the 71kg division.

There was a good win for Islington’s Mo Gharib in the 61kg division as he gained a spilt decision victory against rival Connor Marsden from Surbiton ABC.

It proved a tougher night for team-mate Jerome Campbell, who was unanimously beaten in his 60kg contest against Hillcrest ABC’s Mark Butler, who was later named best away boxer of the night.

In the junior ranks Jenson Curtin, 13, made a memorable debut in the red and white of Islington as he overcame Frank Watson from Danson ABC in the 54kg division.

Connor Daly, Ryan Dixon Clark and Frazer Clarke

His older brother Jay Jay Curtin also put in a good showing against National Development champion Louie O’Doherty from Chelmsford ABC in the 60kg division.

The 16-year-old had success with his shots when he got close enough to his opponent. But in the end the tall and experienced O’Doherty used his distance well as he gained a unanimous win.

Connor Daly, 17, recorded a unanimous victory over Ryan Dixon from Exhall ABC in the 49kg division, while Joshua Strong, 14, also boxed well despite losing against Fairbairn ABC’s Martin McDonagh in his 60kg contest.

Show match-maker and Islington club manager, Reggie Hagland, said afterwards: “It was a tremendous night, with the perfect balance of junior and senior talent on show.

“We haven’t worked out yet exactly how much was raised, but every penny helps and goes towards the running of the club and supporting our boxers.

“I really want to thank everyone who came along to support us.”


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