We have a National Champion in the ranks and his name is Uzair Maqbool! It was his toughest test to date against Kai Owen of Parsons Green Boxing Club in Sheffield, but he walked away with unanimous points decision having won every round and is crowned the National 46kg Champion.
Having come in to the gym as an overweight teenager, the boy has come a long way! Congratulations Uzair!
The day wasn't without heartbreak however as Zeeshan Ali's winning streak was cut short against One Nation Boxing Club's Jahiem Steadman. It was a closely fought contest, but Ali was on the wrong side of the split decision this time and had to settle for the runner up place.
Later in the day, Club Captain Jack Daly faced the North of England Champion Wycombe King of Collyhurst & Moston ABC. It was to be another even bout with Jack losing the split decision despite a very strong finish. On another day the result would have gone the other way, but it just wasn't meant to be this time.
And that concludes the National Junior and Senior Development Championships for 2018! It has been an emotional affair with many ups and downs along the way, but to have 3 boxers go to the finals of the competition is no mean feat for a club as small as ELBA! Hopefully this will go some way to inspiring the boxers of the future at the club, and will be a good learning experience for the boys.
Next up: NABGC Boxing Championships 2018! We have boxers on all 3 days next weekend with Zeeshan Ali back in the ring on Friday 2nd November (London semi-final), Uzair Maqbool and Hamza Hajee Sheriff on Saturday 3rd November (both London finals) and 91kg+ Uthman Nawaz for his London final on Sunday 4th November. The competition will be hosted at the following venue:
Dagenham Roundhouse Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, RM8 2HY
On all 3 days weigh-in is from 10-12pm, boxing starts at 1pm. Good luck boys!
[UPDATE] Additional ring photography courtesy of England Boxing.