The London ABA Junior Championships is finally here! It will take place this weekend at Feltham Community College in Middlesex. No alcohol is permitted in this venue, also no prams will be allowed in the venue for safety reasons. Clubs WILL be held responsible for their supporters. Weigh in time will be 10 - 12pm, with boxing to commence at 1pm. Tickets will be available to buy on the door. Adults £15 Under 15s £10 - Must be supervised by an appropriate adult Finally the Honourable Secretary of London A.B.A Keith Walters would like to wish all the boxers good luck.
By Stefan Johnson (at ringside) The Feltham crowd at Sundays Junior ABA finals had the pleasure of witnessing 24 excellent hard fought bouts. The highlight of which was without question Fishers Ted Cheesemans majority win over West Hams Charlie Stevens. This was always going to be an exciting contest, not only because both boxers have had more championship titles then most boxers have bouts but also that they were without doubt the most heavily supported boxers competing of the whole day. As the first bell sounded there was a roar of excitement from both Stevens and Cheesemans supporters. But neither boxer seemed overwhelmed by the atmosphere or task and It soon became clear that were both fully aware of the others talent. As they tucked up behind high and tight cards it was Stevens who began to look for scoring blows, walking Cheesman down and throwing accurate straights. But few were getting through the Fisher mans defence. Round two saw much of the same but you got the feeling that whilst Stevens wasn't connecting with much, his work rate was the difference between the two. In round three Cheeseman began to take more risks, matching Stevens punches and looking to land his own cutting body-shots that he has understandably gained a reputation for. On several occasion big punches were landed by both boxers, creating a new level of noise from already excitable crowed. Going into the fourth it quickly became clear that Cheeseman had received orders to go on the attack from this corner, realising he might well be down, or he was simply sticking to a game plan, because the Fisher Light Welterweights style changed sharply. For the first time in the bout it was Cheeseman who was dictating the pace, pushing his opponent on the ropes and throwing vicious combinations. Stevens was eager to respond but seemed to by falling just short with some of his bigger punches. As the final bell rang the entire hall got onto its feet to show their appreciation for both boxers. The London crowd had just witnessed something special and everyone their new it. Both boxers looked a confident during their wait for the decision, Cheeseman a little more so perhaps. And with a 3:2 majority decision it was the Fisher boxer who got his hand raised, becoming the Class 6 London Junior ABA Champion at 63.5kg. Another classic contest involving a Fisher boxer was Daniel Borodes close but unanimous loss to Northolts Jack Brooker. Like his Fisher club mate Cheeseman, Borodes has gained a reputation for his body punching and it was clear from the opining bell that he was looking to land big hooks to the Brookers body. But the Northolt boxer used his reach and excellent movement to pile up the points in the opining two rounds. The third and final round however saw Borode, spurred on by the big Fisher following, to up the pace, which was clearly to Brookers disliking. But despite landing some solid shots and wobbling the Northolt boxer at one point, Brooker had done enough in the first two rounds to deserve the win and London Class 5, Under 57g title. Another bout at Class 5 that got the crowds attention was Sunny Edwards second round win at 48kg against All Stars O'Donnell. Edwards, now boxing at Repton, looked out to impress as he held his hands down low, used his body and head movement to stay well clear of incoming shots and throw vicious straights and left hooks of his own. It was soon clear that the bout wasn't going to go the distance and in round 2 Edward stepped up the pace, forcing the referee to step in. What was perhaps more impressive is that considering the weight it was the Repton boxers big punches and not his work rate that caused the stoppage. Edwards win was one of four for Repton (not including two walkovers). The other wins came from Miley Doran, who fought well and hard, beating the capable Frankie Barratt from Hooks, Jordan Flynn, who unanimously beat the relatively inexperienced but game David Kamara (Haringey PCC) and Jimmy Smith. Smiths victory over Islingtons Turner was one of the days more technical bouts and it was a shame that both boxers could not go on to represent the Region. Another club that had a mixed day at the office was South East London club Nemesis. After a very positive start that saw the popular Elliot Whale beat previous Schoolboy finalist Gary Hearn in a much more convincing manner then anyone might expect, their day went down hill. First was Luke Pettitis very close defeat to Hooks other Barrett brother, that the Nemesis team felt particularly disappointed by. Then came a second very tight decision that went against their class 5 lightweight Sean Phillips. Boxer to look out for: Charlie Kenny West Hams Charlie Kenny looked extremely impressive stopping a very capable opponent in Usef Javid in the first rounds of their Class 4, Under 54kg contest. It was a sweeping hook to the body that caught a retreating Javid that caused the Earlsfield Junior to drop to one knee and take the ten count. Kenny looks well set to win yet another domestic title.
Date and time:
Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 13:00
London Junior ABA Finals 2013
Feltham Community College