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Repton Vs Belfast May Boxing/Dinner Show Tickets Now Available ! We are pleased to announce that our Annual May Boxing/Dinner Show, tournament against Belfast will take place this year on Friday 17thMay, 2013 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD To give you a brief update of our progress, so far this season the hard work and dedication has paid off for our Boxers. Repton BC have produced 11 Gold Medalists & 1 Silver Medal at The ‘Hancock BoxCup’ Multi-National Games in Denmark, 19 Junior NE Divs Champs, 8 Junior London Champs, 5 NABC National Champions, 1 ABA National Novice Champ and just last week 7 National ABA Schoolboy Champs, equalling a 30 year old record set by The Repton in 1983. On March 21stwe will be sending a team to Belfast and the return match will take place at this venue on May 17th This year’s Annual Boxing/Dinner Show promises to be an exciting evening of Boxing, showing off our National Champs and future hot boxing prospects ! Ticket price for this Event will remain the same as last year at £100 per person. Tables of 8, 10 & 12 are available. As usual Dress code is Black tie or regular Suit & tie . Order of the evenings events/times /Details will be finalised and released in the coming weeks. If you would like to book a table please could you let us know as soon as possible as this event sells very quickly and there is only a limited amount of tables at this venue. We would require a deposit of £60 per person on reserving a table and the balance by 3rdMay, 2013. Cheques to be made payable to ‘Repton Boys Club’ and sent to 2/10 Ezra St, London, E2 7RH Please do not hesitate to contact Myself at firstname.lastname@example.org or our club sec Christine Veatrite on 0207 739 8567 or email@example.com If you require any further information about the show or direct payment details. May we take this opportunity to say your kind support is very much appreciated and without you The Repton would not be able to be one of England’s top amateur boxing clubs. We do hope you will be able to support us again this year ! We look forward to hearing from you Best Wishes Mark Newman Repton Boxing Club
Repton BC are proud to announce, we now have 'The Legendary' Boxing Writer and Sun Columnist, writing a monthly blog for The Repton Website... ...Bethnal Green's Finest ! Repton will always have a special place in the heart of every East Londoner who loves boxing - and I'm no exception. I have been privileged to have covered the careers of some of the greatest fighters of all time in the fifty years I've been writing about the sport. Muhammad Ali,Larry Holmes, Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler,Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran are just a few of the giants of the ring who had me travelling the world to report on their finest triumphs. But nothing has given me more pleasure than reporting on the successes of the men who learned to box at Bethnal Green's finest. Repton has produced so many champions you would need to produce a book as thick as War and Peace to name them all. But there's no doubt in my mind that John H.Stracey, will rank as Repton's most accomplished graduate. John was a national schoolboy champion,junior and senior ABA champion and when he turned pro British, European and world welterweight champion. What still hurts me nearly forty years after the event is the fact I wasn't allowed to go to Mexico City to see Stracey's glorious world title victory over the peerless Jose Napoles. My Sports Editor had got it into his head John had no chance against Napoles. He told me "I'm not sending you on a week's holiday to Merico to see Stracey knocked out". Despite a blazing row he wouldn't budge. Instead I listened to Des Lynam's BBC radio commentary and when Napoles floored Stracey in the first round I had visions of my Sports Editor gloating "I told you so". But the rest as they say is history. Stracey picked himself up off the canvas and was crowned champion of the world after battering Napoles to a six round defeat. At least my Sports Editor learned his lesson - he never stopped me going abroad with a British fighter again. Being around Stracey was certainly never dull. The night he knocked out RogerMenetrey in Paris to win the European championship provided a hilarious finale to a magnificent occasion. The whole of the East End seemed to be celebrating John's memorable victory at the Meridien hotel's crowded bar - including some notorious faces from the Bethnal Green area. Well after midnight when everyone was extremely happy to say the least a little fella went round the bar with a hat requesting "Give a bung for the barman" Cockneys always a generous lot and grateful to the extremely efficient and hard-working bar tender soon filled the hat with thousands of francs. When the barman closed up just before dawn someone shouted "Where's the bung for the barman". It didn't take long for us to realize the little geezer had scarpered with the cash. I was expecting an explosion of rage but nothing could have been further from the truth. Sid Cain.one of John's mates and himself a professional fighter, along with many others, was full of admiration for the tea-leaf Cain said "B----- me. I didn't realise the geezer was earning". Till next time …Best wishes Colin Hart
...This weeks 10 Rounds with Repton BC with Darren Barker Darren Barker come from a 'Fighting Family' and is a typical 'Home Grown' Repton Warrior. He came to the club when he was 14 from Finchley and learned his craft in the Repton 'SweatShop' picking up some great wins along the way. His finest hour as an amateur was winning a Gold Medal at the Commonwealth Games. On the Eve of his Fight at Wembley this Sat 9th March against Italian Champion Simone Rotolo for the IBF intercontinental Middleweight Crown, We recently caught up with Darren and had a quick '10 rounds'... 1.WHO IS BEST BOXER OF ALL TIME Sugar Ray Robinson BEST FIGHT YOU HAVE SEEN MarcoAantonio Barrera v Erik Morales 1 3.WHO DO U RECKON IS THE BEST FIGHTER AROUND TODAY Floyd Mayweather HOW MANY FIGHTS HAVE YOU HAD About 80 odd amateur and 25 pro 5.WHERE WAS YOUR BEST FIGHT 2002 commonwealth games final winning gold in manchester WHO WAS YOUR TOUGHEST OPPONENT Sergio Martinez WHY DID YOU TAKE UP BOXING My Dad boxed for repton so I followed in his foot steps WHAT HAS BOXING TAUGHT YOU Respect, Discipline, Controlled aggression and not to give up on my dreams WHY DO YOU LIKE BOXING Because its a gentlemen’s sport and a noble art that has stood the test of time 10. IF YOU DIDNT BOX WHAT OTHER SPORT WOULD YOU DO? Football ...Nice one Darren ! Darren will be Topping the Bill on Sat 9th March at Wembley...here are some useful links http://www.darrenbarker.co.uk/ http://www.wembleyarena.co.uk/events
...3 out of 4 Wins for Repton ! Last night Senior trainers Gary Cooke and Gary McCarthy took 5 novice Repton seniors to The Manor of Groves Hotel to compete in a Celebrity Charity show. Gary Cooke sent me the following report... Aaron Osbourn had his first bout for ReptonBC. He gave his all, put up a very good show but got beat on points. Next up Alex Campbell. Alex made a superb effort and both boxers gave their all. The crowd were up on their feet in appreciation of an excellant bout. The bout was awarded 'Fight of the Night'. Alex won the bout. Next up Rob Wells.Rob gave his all and boxed well against a tough boy from the forces, to give Repton another winner. last Repton boxer up was Tim Abatille. Hi boxed very well and won his bout, against his opponent from the forces. Dissapointment for George Lazarides, who travelled all the way from Kent, to find his opponent made a no show at the weigh-in. It was a good night for Repton Boxers having won 3 out of 4 bouts, in front of a star studded audience including former World Champs John Conteh, Colin McMillon, Repton Patron Frank Bruno and former Repton boxer, Legend John.H.Stracey. We have more Boxing action this month including the Semi-finals & Finals of the London ABA's on the 16th March at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon. On the 21st March we will be sending a senior team to Belfast. details of these events will be featured in next weeks blog. Coming soon....Another feature, I will be starting again on our weekly Blog will be our '10 Rounds with Repton BC'. ...Watch this Space !
Charity Show at Manor of Groves Hotel Tonight Monday March 4th, Senior Coaches Gary Cooke & Gary McCarthy will be taking 5 Repton Boxers to box at a Star Studded Charity Show at the Presidents Sporting Club Charity Boxing show hosted by Frank Bruno at The Manor of Groves Hotel in Sawbridgeworth, Herts.where they will be raising money for disabled children. Just before the show a Press conference at The hotel will commence, with Former World Champ Steve Collins promoting his comeback fight with The Legendary Roy Jones. The boys will be boxing in front of former World Champs & Boxing Legends John Conteh, former Repton Legend John.H.Stracey, Colin McMillon and Frank Bruno. The following boys will be representing the club... Tim Abattel - Middleweight, Aaron Osbourne - Middleweight, Alec Campbell - Light Heavyweight, Robert Wells - Light Middleweight and George Lazarides - Light welterweight. We wish all the boys the best of luck. Results of the show will be revealed later on during the week.
9 Finalists...7 Winners ! ReptonBC took Liverpool by Storm yesterday at The Nation Schoolboy ABA Finals. 9 Boys and their entourage of fans travelled to Liverpool yesterday chasing a new record for the Club. Results below Class 'A' Champions John Lee ..under 30 kgs Adaam Hassan ..Under 32 kgs Rakim Tatou ..Under 34 kgs Jamil Khan .. Under 40 Kgs Henry Turner under 42 kgs lost on a split decision, in a very close bout. Class 'B' Champion this year is Jessie Dean Harris at under 63.5 Kgs Class 'C' Champs Levi Lee under 38 kgs Levi Coates under 40 kgs Paddy Ward at under 52 kgs lost his Bout at this weight 7 Winners out of 9 Finalists. A Great Achievement for the Boys and the team of coaches who motivated the boys and dedicated their time to produce a team of National Champs. The last time we had 7 Schoolboy Champs in the same year was back in 1983. Well done Boys !
Repton go For New Schoolboy Champ Record ! This weekend Repton BC will be focusing on their 9 National Schoolboy finalists. Our Junior 'Super Squad will be travelling up to Liverpool tomorrow for this years National ABA Schoolboy Finals. The last time we had a record haul of Schoolboy titles was back in 1983 when we had 7 Winners out of 8 Finalists. Our Finalists this year are the following boxers... Class A ... John Lee under 30kgs, Adaam Hassan under 32kgs, Rakim Tatou under 34 kgs, Jamil Khan under 40 kgs and Henry Turner under 42 kgs Class B... Jessie Dean Harris ...Under 63.5 Kgs Class C... Levi Lee under 38 kgs, Levi Coates under 40 kgs and Paddy Ward under 52 kgs The Finals will take place over 2 days this weekend at Everton Park Sports Centre, Homer rd, Liverpool. Weigh-in 10am till 12 Boxing will commence at around 12:30. There will be 25 bouts on Saturday 2nd March and 25 bouts on Sunday 3rd March. Our boys are looking in Great shape and are very keen to break a record that was set by the club exactly 30 years ago today ! All the boxers and coaches have worked really hard to get this far in the championships, showing that Dedication, hard work and motivation is always the key to success. We wish our boys the Best of Luck in their quest to break the old club record. Come along this weekend and give our boys and Amateur Boxing the support it deserves !
Part 4 'Boxing Greats..."The Pound for Pound Greatest" & other Greats to study. To carry on from last weeks instalment, I would like to cover, who I feel in my opinion is The 'Greatest Pound for pound' around today... I think the best pound for pound fighter around now is Floydmayweather. Mayweather is like one of the fantastic four, but he’s been here, on his own, dominating for years. The class, the speed, the heart, the chin, the power, the footwork, the brain, he’s got it all like Leonard had. Not as likeable as Leonard with his arrogance, but I think he gets away with it! He’s a great! We should all look forward to the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight, that is the one to watch.In my opinion, Mayweather wins, he is too big, and to slick, but who knows… has Floyd left it to late, does Manny Pacquiao want it more… Let’s wait and see. I will leave you with some names to watch and some fights to see, hope you didn’t lose me half way through these lot, as you can probably tell I got a bit excited. Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Joe Frasier, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali/ Cassius Clay, Sonny Liston, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Jack Johnson, Floyd Patterson, Jack Dempsey Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather, Arturo Gatti, Mickey Ward, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Sugar Ray Robinson, Hector Camacho, Felix Trinidad, Jake Lamotta, Bernard Hopkins, Joe Calzaghe Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Jonny Tapia, Junior Jones, Nazeem Hamed, Manny Pacquiao, Barry Mcguigan, Ken Buchanan, Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, Aaron Pryor Please search these on youtube and get a good idea of whyI have mentioned their names. These are just a few out of hundreds of professional boxers that I could talk about. Also take a look at some of the amateur greats, don’t be miss lead in thinking the pro game means you have progressed from the amateur ranks, some of the best never turn pro, the Cubans and Russians often stay amateur. I will give a few names of boxers I have seen or faced in my career and seen passed videos of, also watch the documentaries Boxeo Cuba or Sons of Cuba, they are a good insight into the ‘amateur’ world. Mario Kindelan, Willy Blain, Lorenzo aregon, Marian Simion, Felix Savon, Teo filo Stevenson, Roberto Camerelle, Matvey Korobov, Oleg Saitov, There you have some foreign names and now some Boxers to watch, I have boxed alongside and against : Frankie Gavin, James Degale, Darren Barker, Bradley Saunders, George Groves, John O’Donnell, Amir Khan, Steven Smith, Tony Jeffries, David Price, Danny Happe, Andy Lee, Danny Price, Audley Harrison, Billie Joe Saunders,..... The list goes on!
5 Repton boys Win titles ! ...Another busy weekend for Repton BC. The ABA North East Divs were held at East London University. We entered 10 Boxers, but unfortunately 4 boxers at the same weight, Under 67kgs, had to battle it out for a place in the Finals. This Welterweight Final will be held this Thursday 28th Feb at Fairfield Hall between Repton Boxers George Mahoney and Sam McNess. Below are the rest of the Results from the wekeends Action... First up was our featherweight Chris Ali. looking Good and boxing clever he beat Matthew Chanda from the Crown and Manor Club, to take the under 57 kgs title. Next Repton boxer Ramarrio Wallace at Light welter got a walkover to take the 63.5 Division title. The 67 kgs will be decided on Thursday between Repton pals George O'Mahoney & Sam McNess. Repton boxer Joe Baker got beat in a tough fight by West Ham boy Luke Saunders in the Final. Next up, another tough bout for Repton boxer Bobby Foreman, who got beat by Charlie Russell from the Lansbury Club. The Under 81 kgs title ws taken by Repton Boxer Umar Sadiq and The under 86 kgs title was taken by Repton Cruiserweight Simon Lewis. As a result we have 5 NE Divs Champs and 5 boys through to the London ABA Finals. The venue was perfect for the boxing, but not very well attended. I think this could be through the lack of information available to the general public. We need to see more pro-active promoting from the ABA to get a decent audience. The internet is an obvious medium to advertise details of this Major Annual Boxing Event. We need more support for these events and the way to get it, is to give the general public as much info as possible ! The Repton Website will keep you informed, on a weekly basis of all Amateur Boxing events that the club is involved with. Go to our Picture Gallery http://www.reptonboxingclub.com/image-galleries/seniors-ne-divs-23rd-feb-2013 to see recent photo's of our Boxers that took part in the NE Divs last weekend.
...Some Big names of 'British Boxing' ...Another great Era of boxing for us Brits, was the Benn and Eubank rivalry.They were very entertaining characters and great fighters. They could both really punch, Benn had the heart of a lion and Eubank had a chin made of granite. if you haven’t seen these fight be ready for entertainment! Then along came tough guy Steve Collins, who mixed it with these guys but a bit later on when I think they were both past their peak. However, Steve was a very tough, strong man! Nigel Benns fight against Gerald Mclellan was awesome, I am hesitant to mention the fight as Gerald Mclellan ended up being stopped in the 11th and taken to hospital where they found he was brain damaged. It’s unfortunately the risks of the sport and these two guys were heavy hitters, at one point in the fight Benn was hit so hard he fell out of the ring, I remember seeing an interview afterward where he said “at one point I remember opening my eyes from outside the ropes, looking up and thinking, there’s Gerald Mclellan, who’s he fighting tonight?” he obviously quickly came around and got to his feet, that’s heart for you! But credit to Gerald Mclellan, what a talent and a genetic beast! British boxing shouldn’t go without the mention of the best entertainer and probably our most natural talent of all time, ‘Prince’ Nazeem Hamed. He breezed through getting on for 40 opponents taking world titles with him and at bantamweight taking people off their feet with power, that’s freaky! He was awesome, frustrating style, very unorthodox, and a hell of a puncher! I did predict however at the time, when he meets a true world class fighter, the likes of Eric Morales or Marco Antonio Barrera he will get found out as his heart really hadn’t been tested because of his natural ability. Sure enough the fight was set, Hamed vs Barrera, the whole of my school friends at the time were saying Naz but I knew what a well rounded professional Barrera was and he would have been watching and learning whereas Naz’s attitude was “ if I catch him once I will knock him out, do think I’m not going to catch him once in 12 rounds?” sure enough a 12 round boxing lesson from Barrera the 1st loss in Nazeem’s career sent him into retirement after one more poor performance which he did win by the way. Again natural talent sometimes just doesn’t cut it. But Naz was great fighter and a well deserved world champion. Any boxing fan should take a look at the Barrera vs Morales fight, well they had three but the 1st was my favourite. To great rivals at their peak, you will see why I picked both against Prince Nazeem. ...Next Week...'The Pound for Pound' Best Boxers on the Planet !
...11 Repton Boxers compete in this years NE Divs So Far this year we have had a remarkable success story with our Juniors geeting 9 Boxers through to The National ABA Schoolboy Finals. Now its the turn of the Seniors to show us what they can do ! Here is the following list of Repton Seniors competing in this years ABA North East Divisional Championships Chris Ali at Under 57 Kgs - Featherweight Romeo Wallace at under 60 Kgs - Lightweight Tommy Tear, George Kean, George OMahoney and Sam McNess all at Under 67Kgs - Welterweight Joe Baker at Under 71 Kgs - Light Middleweight Bobby Foreman at Under 75 Kgs - Middleweight Umar Sadiq at Under 81 Kgs - Light Heavyweight Simon Lewis at Under 86 Kgs - Heavyweight Lawrence Okoele over 91Kgs - Super Heavyweight Weigh-in between 11am and 1pm...Boxing Commences 2pm The Venue is The University of East London...By Train...Cyprus DLR Station on The Docklands Light Railway Docklands Campus University Way London E16 2RD...Tel 0208 223 3000 We wish all our Boys the Best of Luck !
...9 Repton Boys Through to Finals ! This weekend 12 boys travelled down to Portsmouth to take part in the Semi-Finals of the National Schoolboy Championships. On Saturday 5 boys boxed and Rakim Tatou got a bye into the Final. John Lee, Jamil Khan, Henry Turner and Levi Lee all won in fine Repton style. Tommy Ball lost his his fight on a split decision on which many believe should have gone his way! ...Sunday got off to a disastrous start. Jessie Beck and Ben Gentle both lost thier bouts on majority decisions. Tough little Michael Oats boxed with his usual aggresive dominating style, but lost which many ringside punters thought was a Controversial, iffy verdict! ...3 down so far! Next up Jessie Dean Harris, Levi Coates and Paddy Ward, boxed well and won their bouts in fine Repton style, making up for the dodgy start to the day. These results helped to give the Club a total of 9 boys through to the Finals! Congratulations to the boys who won their bouts and helped to make a record of 9 Repton Boxers through to the Finals of the National Schoolboy Championships. As for the boys who got beat, they gave thier all and did their very Best, but the judges had the final say. All our boys get into the ring wanting to win which is why they will win next time! ...Go to our Photo Gallery http://www.reptonboxingclub.com/image for images of this weekends Semi-Finals.
Semi Finals at Portsmouth Saturday & Sunday The Repton Junior 'Super Squad' of 13 Boxers travel to Portsmouth this weekend to break more records in the National Schools semi-Finals. The following 6 boys will be boxing on Sat 16th Feb... John Lee, Rakim Tatou, Jamil Khan, Henry Turner, Levi Lee and Tommy Ball ...Weigh-in will be between 4:30-6:30pm..Boxing commences 7pm Adaam Hussain gets a bye into the Final On Sunday 17th Feb...The following boys will be boxing Jessie Beck, Ben Gentle, Michael Oats, Jessie Dean Harris, Levi Coates and Paddy Ward...Weigh-in will be between10am & 12 Midday Boxing estimated to start between 12;30 - 1pm The Venue is The Charles Dickens Centre, lake road, Portsmouth, PO1 4DY This Junior squad of 13 boys have performed a remarkable feat to achieve this marvellous record for the Club and their trainers. We congratulate them and wish them the Best of Luck for the weekend !
This week...The Tyson Story and The 'Fabulous Four' Moving on to who I consider the most naturally gifted fighter of all time, I’d have to mention the name Mike Tyson. Tyson had a certain gift that cannot be taught, it can be enhanced, perfected and brought on but Tyson had the ability to win a fight in a split second, naturally. The man behind Tyson was his trainer and mentor Cus D’Amato, when he met Mike he see his ability and also how lost he was and began to channel that frustration and energy into his god given gift, throwing a punch. Tyson was well on his way to becoming in my eyes the greatest ever heavyweight when Cus died! This was not only an emotional bomb for Tyson but he’d lost the man that acted as the tracks for the Mike Tyson train. Although he became world champion at 19, the youngest ever heavyweightchampion shortly after Cus’s death I feel if CUS was still alive we may still be waiting for the Tyson defeat. He was unstoppable, he could knock someone out cold with a glancing blow, Lou Saverese for example. It pains me to see the now Mike Tyson, with all the vultures around him, pecking at the once great man to see of there’s anything more they can use him for (not the first time a former great has been taken advantage of!) , if only the father figure Cus was still around. Anyway in my opinion with Cus by his side, 19 years old, Iron Mike Tyson was the best heavyweight of all time, he was bigger, stronger, faster than Joe Frazier, he punched harder than George Foreman, Joe Louis never had that jab, that speed, Ali would’ve struggle to keep him off, he would’ve chopped Lewis down like a tree, as for the heavyweights of today.... but I stress that point with cus by his side! Cus was Tyson’s rock, his mental strength. Without him Ali would’ve got into the vulnerable mind of Tyson, Lewis was too big, toomuch for the older, vulnerable Tyson, even the British domestic Danny Williams took Tyson out. That was a sad day in boxing, so this proves natural talent just doesn’t cut it. You need the full package. My favourite era of boxing was the times of the fabulous four, ‘Sugar’Ray Leonard, Thomas ‘the Hitman’ Hearns,’ Marvellous’ Marvin Hagler, ‘Hands of stone’ Roberto Duran. These four fighters were all world class fighters, legends, caught up in the same era as they would’ve owned a decade on their own if it wasn’t for the constant battle against each other. The greatest, and most furious 1st round in a fight ever, Hearns vs Hagler. You got to watch this, it shows two great fighters at their peak, won’t tell you who wins, watch it. All four fighters fought each other, in my opinion Leonard was the best of the best, beating all three of his rivals, although he was defeated by the blown up lightweight Duran in their 1st encounter which tells you what a good fighter Duran is, I’m not 100% sure but think he held world titles in five different weights, that’s crazy! Leonard was a natural showman and his footwork and natural flare were his main assets, a very frustrating fighter, shown fully in their second encounter where Duran quit because of frustration. There 1stfight however Leonard took it to Duran and tried beating him at close quarters where Duran is most comfortable, hammering away at each other Duran proved to resilient and strong for the finely built sugar ray, great fight! Hearns was a tall rangey, sharp, powerful man, he was dangerous. Hagler a proper super middleweight, muscles bulging, strong as an ox, very powerful and determined, Leonard was eye candy, probably the fastest hands I’ve ever seen, could bang for a little thin guy, unbelievable talent and mental strength, very clever. Duran the smallest out of the four but could punch like a horses kick, a bit crazy but great to watch, you got to love him, brave fighter. Please, if you’re interested watch these four and make your own minds up, there’s a DVD called the fabulous four. Next Week...'The Best of the Brits'
...Big Thank you to Mark Gliddon & GLL Sport Foundation ! Repton Boxing Club would like to Thank Mark Gliddon and The GLL Sport Foundation for their kind support ! The GLL Sport Foundation works in direct partnership with Repton Boxing Club supporting junior development boxers. The partnership provides the boxers with financial support and training membership across GLL venues to support there Repton training. Mark Gliddon – GLL Sport Foundation Athlete Support Manager explains “The partnership with such a world famous club is fantastic; we see year on year the amazing results these young boxers are achieving and we are proud to be part of their sporting journey”.