By Ryan Waugh: The Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club shows no sings of relenting in pursuing its goal of producing exciting amateur and professional champions.
The club has already fashioned out six national champions and further young talent is breaking through and is ready to cascade and embrace the professional boxing world.
Some of the recent prodigies to have learnt their trade at the club before moving on to pastures new include current British and Commonwealth champion, George Groves, Olympic gold medallist James DeGale, west London Irishman, Simon O’Donnell and ABA light-welterweight champion, Lee Beavis.
Included in the current crop of exciting talent are Mickey O’Rourke, Shane Westlake, Hameed Sediqy and current ABA cruiserweight champion Deion Jumah.
A lot of this success has only been possible through the stewardship and mentoring of coaches, Mickey Delaney, Les Soughy, Peter Carson and match maker Ernie Harris. The club under these four men and many other coaches and parents who spend countless free hours helping out has established the nickname for the club as the champion’s factory.
This is no ordinary boxing gymnasium and the tight knit group of stalwarts show no sign of flagging as another boxing season is now in full flow.
This Thursday night the Dale Youth put on an open amateur show which didn’t disappoint. The event was held at the Thistle Hotel, London Heathrow and a large crowd witnessed another quality showing of boxing.
The 13 bouts included seven junior contests but some of the main entertainment belonged to the senior contest between O’Rourke and Ryan Hart from Plymouth’s Mayflower Club.
The featherweight controlled his bout with Hart and was always a class above his opponent to win a unanimous points decision. This was also only O’Rourke’s second bout in over a year after he also won his September bout in Edinburgh and is expected to be put forward for the ABA finals next year.
Meanwhile, the most enthralling fight of the night belonged to Shane Westlake as he went literally toe to toe with Claudo Paulo from east London’s Peacock Boxing Club. The pair had met previously and it was clear from the off that the love between the pair had not diminished.
Every round was explosive and both fighters put on a real show for the remaining guests as this was clearly the best of the night and Westlake was victorious by a unanimous point’s decision.
In the other senior contests, Olympic podium squad hopeful, Jumah did not fight due to a last minute withdrawal. He will now join up with the Olympic development squad in Sheffield for his next round of training before further international fights later in the year.
October 17, 2011