In the zone at the Boston Dome
17 February, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
FIGHT fans packed into the Boston Dome in Tufnell Park to enjoy 16 brilliant bouts of pulsating action as Islington Boxing Club hosted their first open show of 2017.
Among the big hitters was debutant Connor Daly (pictured above), who only joined the home team two weeks ago from Harrow ABC.
It proved a memorable night for the 16-year-old as he beat Alfie Quinn from Rumbles Boxing Academy in the 50kg weight category – putting in a commanding performance that would later earn him the best home boxer of the night award. One fighter clearly happy to have his arm raised in victory was Tolga Kesen (pictured below) , who let out a giant roar after beating Steve McDonagh from Fairbairn ABC in the 62kg category. It proved a hard-fought win for the 15-year-old, who was awarded the victory via a split decision. It was especially sweet for Kesen as he’d lost to McDonagh the week before.
The most anticipated contest of the evening last Thursday came in the 64kg division where Mason Smith took on English Elite belt-holder Martin McDonagh from Rumbles BA.
McDonagh landed a couple of quick-fire southpaw jabs in the opener but Mason started to get more involved in the second round as the pair traded uppercuts and hooks.
The third and final round was also a close affair, with McDonagh having his arm raised at the end of a thrilling contest after gaining the win via a split decision.
One of the most clinical displays of the night came in the 60kg division when Islington’s Joshua Strong stopped William Waller from Creekside ABC.
The 14-year-old caught his opponent with a flurry of right-hand punches, resulting in the referee giving Waller a standing eight count.
Once the action resumed Strong charged at Waller, unloading another series of strong right-handers.
The referee once again stepped in to give Waller a standing eight count, before waving the contest off.
There was plenty of support for Freddie Kinsella (pictured below with Demi Carter) in the 60kg division when he went up against Anwar Rahman from London Community.
The 15-year-old Islington fighter boxed cleverly off the front foot throughout the three-round contest, showing great shot selection as he won the bout via a split decision.
Boasting a fighter in all 16 of the scheduled bouts, Islington enjoyed a great night, picking up 12 victories.
Juniors Kerem Sertten, 13, and debutant Judah Meade (pictured below), 16, were both among the winners.
There was also success for the seniors, with Masood Abdulah, Demi Carter, Slavisa Gegic, Amy Andrew, Aaron Nicely and Sherif Musah all reigning in the ring.
Jiyan Oguz, Borys Feldman and Troy Smart also all put in good displays, but ended up on the wrong end of the decisions.