Trainee barrister lays down the law with debut win
21 November, 2016 — By Steve Barnett
Winner on points: Claudia Wilmot-Smith
CLAUDIA Wilmot-Smith was in action in south London as she made her debut for Islington Boxing Club at the first ever London Community Boxing open show, which was held at the Copleston Centre.
The trainee barrister boasted a fast jab and landed some good shots to the body to earn a points victory over Sidney Poole, who was representing the host club. Islington also had fighters in action in Harlow as the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Boxing Championship got under way at the weekend. Competing in the Under-69kg category,
Yaser Al-Ghena recovered from a slow start to outpoint Repton ABC’s Thomas Bennett over three rounds in his semi-final on Saturday. A combination of counter punches and useful body blows saw Al-Ghena gain a unanimous verdict from the judges, setting up a final against club-mate Inder Bassi, who received a bye into the final.
Bassi finally made his debut for the club on Sunday, although perhaps he would have preferred not to do so against a fellow Islington man.
The bout produced plenty of action as their contrasting styles made for a very competitive contest, with Al-Ghena pressing the fight and throwing the heavier punches, while Bassi was boxing well behind his long jab and moving well throughout the three rounds.
In the end it was Al-Ghena’s arm that was raised in victory after he edged a close split-decision to claim his first London title.
Meanwhile there was disappointment for Islington’s Mason Smith on Sunday as he was eliminated by Elliot Whale from Nemesis ABC in the Under-64kg category. In another close contest, Mason threw some powerful left hooks and body shots, but in the end the judges awarded Whale the win via a split decision.