Gym 01 give coach perfect send off

Shakiba Mogahdem in dominant form. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Shakiba Mogahdem in dominant form. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Jack Stringer, left, attacks Walid Adenas. Picture: Sam Seeley

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RIAZ SUMRA put his championship frustration behind him at Gym 01’s stacked show.

The Portsmouth outfit staged a whopping 18 bouts at Priory Community Sports Centre.

The host club shone as they picked up eight successes from 10 contests, and Sumra led the way as he picked up victory over Minster’s Warren Page in the performance of the night.

The 49kg talent was forced to pull out of the England Boxing Development Championships at the semi-final stage.

He gave weight away to Page, but turned on the style to win.

Shakiba Mogahdem was another Gym 01 winner as her incessant come-forward style eventually broke the resistance of Lynn’s Nasreen Anderson.

Gym 01 coach, Wayne Kong-Gardiner, was pleased to see Sumra put not boxing in the national competition to bed in emphatic style.

It was an emotional day for the coach as he prepares to emigrate to Australia.

He said ‘It was a big show and my last one. It was a great send-off.

‘Riaz was in the semi-finals of the championships but we had to pull him out. That wasn’t his fault, so we got him matched on the show – and he smashed it.

‘Shakiba’s was a standout bout, too. She’s a workhorse and throws over 100 punches a round.

‘She’s a come-forward pressure fighter and she wore her opponent down. I wish some of my male boxers had her work rate!’

Andrew Moore had a breakthrough contest as he stopped HMS Sultan’s Ryan Kelly.

Kelly was pulled out at the end of the second with a broken jaw, as Moore impressed at 62kg.

Kong-Gardiner said: ‘Andrew’s had a massive turnaround. He got in there, boxed beautifully and stopped the opponent. It’s done his self-belief the world of good.’

Portsmouth’s Golden Ring boxer, Jack Stringer, stood out in his win over Battlebridge’s Yannick Foh, while Gosport’s Shaun McNally had a points win over Minster’s Adam Cassidy.

The feature bout between Gym 01’s Jonathan Francois and Golden Ring’s Brad Pauls was ruled a no contest after Pauls suffered a wrist injury.

Reuben Lines and Ash Devenport (Stacey) along with Martin Saunders, Xian Blackman Price and Emilia Assar (Gym 01) were other local winners.