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WICKHAM’S Blu Bowers led a medal-laden end to the boxing season.

A rush of medals arrived across the weekend with talents in action at the England Boxing Minors Championships and Haringey Box Cup 2015.

It was a clever performances from Blu - and the first of many titles

Raith O’Brien

Bowers turned on the style to inflict a first defeat on Walsall Wood’s slick Hamza Uddin.

It was a fine victory for the exciting 11-year-old, who kept up his own unbeaten record at 29.5kg.

Moneyfields’ Harley MacPherson-Collins collected a silver medal, as he came up against Birtley’s Lee Rodgers at 28kg as the amateur season ended.

And his team-mate Dudley Jennings was also narrowly defeated at the last stage against Burton Park’s Lyas Smith at 40kg.

Those efforts show the future is looking bright for boxing as talents continue to come off the conveyor belt.

Wickham coach Raith O’Brien believes there is a big future for Bowers after he collected a first national title for his newly-formed club.

He said: ‘It was a blinding bout against an excellent opponent.

‘But Blu’s cunning and power saw him take control the longer it went on.

‘The first round was close, but by the third he was convincingly in control.

‘We haven’t been able to get the smiles off our faces since the win.

‘It’s our first season as a club, so to pick up a national champion is a proud moment. It was a clever performance from Blu - and the first of many titles.’

There was further success in London as the Haringey Cup was flooded with entries from clubs across our communities. Moneyfields enjoyed double joy there as both Owen Hooper and Jake Humphrey picked up golds.

Hooper prevailed in a derby with Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) Ed Ayres, picking up a nip-and-tuck split-decision victory at 81kg in the youth B class.

And that was followed up by Humphrey, who took less than 60 seconds to stop Hall Lane’s James Lane at 75kg in the youth B category.

Proud Moneyfields coach, Colin Hooker, believes the successes mark a new chapter for his club.

Hooker said: ‘Owen has won eight from eight contests this season and picked up a national novice title. Jake overpowered his opponent in the final.

‘Both of our minors boxed well against good opposition. Dudley’s could have gone either way and Harley gave everything.

‘It’s really coming together at Moneyfields - the future is bright.’

Gym01’s female squad showcased their talent with a gold and two silver medallists from their finallists.

Demi Carter (C, 75kg) was victorious with a first-round stoppage over Monivea’s Marie Clarke while Xian Blackman Price (B, 60kg) and Shakiba Moghadom (B, 48kg) just lost out on close decisions. Gym01’s Commonwealth Games boxer, Jonathan Francois was ruled out through injury.

Gym01 coach, James Connor, said: ‘That’s Demi’s second title of the year - both with first-round knockouts.

‘Shakiba’s contest could have gone either way against an experienced girl and Xian’s was quite a controversial defeat. It was very, very tight.’

Meanwhile, HOP’s Zoe Woodley (C, 81kg) lost to Double Jab’s Marnie Swindells.

Coach, Q Shillingford, said: ‘Ed’s bout could have gone either way and our boxers gave their all. It was weekend of bling for Portsmouth clubs.’