Mo Gharib of Finchley Amatuer Boxing Club became the London Amatuer Boxing Association Under 60kg Champion on Saturday thanks to a points win over Charlie Harrison of Fitzroy Lodge ABC.
The fight was a close and keenly contested affair, but Gharib managed to catch the judge’s eyes with the cleaner shots.
Gharib had defeated his opponent earlier on in the year, and saw off Harrison’s attempt at revenge.
Finchley had three more boxers in action the following day at the London ABA Championships, all of whom unfortunately just fell short in their bouts.
Fourteen year-old southpaw Patrick Ward succumbed to the tall and rangy Cameron Wade of Applebow ABC. It was touch and go if Ward would fight following an illness, but ultimately his opponent's reach advantage was to be his downfall.
Patrick McDonagh's bout also saw him challenge a tall opponent in Sudbury ABC’s David Lamb, falling to a points decision.
It was a cagey and scrappy meeting, with precious few clean punches really connecting. Though it was difficult to score, McDonagh will have no complaints about the result knowing with more composure it could have been a different story.
Patrick’s brother Arthur McDonagh locked horns with Sudbury ABC’s Jasper Boydell in a hard-fought contest he was unlucky to lose.
McDonagh looked to have done enough in the first two rounds through sheer work rate. However, Boydell emerged in the third round and fought ferociously, rocking McDonagh’s head with a four-punch combination.
That late offense from Boydell appeared to sway the judges, landing him the win.
Finchley ABC Superheavyweight Dave Abraham was also in action, but was stopped in the second round by reigning National ABA champion, Earlsfield ABC’s Joe Joyce.