Wolverhampton fighters enjoy English National success

Ringside 30/10/2017

Conah Walker won a second national title in the England Development Championships with Omarah Taylor also claiming glory.

The duo brought glory back to their respective gyms in Wolverhampton from finals weekend at the North Solihull Leisure Centre, writes Your Sport Black Country editor Craig Birch.

Walker, of Merridale Boxing Club, and Firewalker’s Taylor came out on top in their finals on Sunday and Saturday respectively.

But Walker’s Merridale club-mate Caine Round had to settle for second place on Sunday, after a defeat that his corner thought was harsh.

Both the junior and senior rank took place simultaneously, in a tournament especially designed to showcase novice boxers.

The juniors, all featuring fighters of between two to 10 bouts of experience, will be divided into two age ranges by weight. Class A is for boxers born in 2002, while Class B is for 2000.

The seniors is for age 17 and upwards and divided by experience and weights, with Class A for 2-10 bouts and Class B for 11-20 contests.

There is a female seniors, too, using the same age and weight divisions for girls who have stepped through the ropes competitively up to six times.

Merridale have already claimed six national titles in England Boxing competition and made it a magnificent seven through Walker, who made it a double for himself.

He was a Class A senior national champion in the competition two years ago and has now got his hands on another national honour at 69kg in Class B.

The 22-year-old has dropped down a weight since entering a more experienced division and faced crunch time against Alfie Winter, of Battlebridge in Surrey.

It went to the scorecards where Walker pipped his opponent to the post on a points split decision, after three hard-fought rounds.
On the female side of the competition, Taylor went all of the way at 69kg in Class A of the seniors, boxing for a second time in the tournament.

She had beaten Lois Arnett, from Vulcan in Hull, and repeated the trick with a unanimous success over Carrie Roberts, representing the UK Armed Forces.

Round was in a national final for the first time on Sunday, walking over all the way to the semis at 75kg in Class B of the juniors.

He won the area decider against Josh Jeavons, of Priory Park in Dudley, and prevailed on a split over Billy England, from Chadderton in Oldham, comes the semis.

But he didn’t get the points decision which went to his rival Tyreiq Campbell, boxing out of London’s Repton gym, on a split.