Jab done! Dylan crowned schools champ

Thursday, 5th May — By Steve Barnett

Dylan Gibson

Camden Town boxer Dylan Gibson’s dominant displays clinched the London Schools title

A GLITZY venue in the heart of Bloomsbury is preparing to host a knockout night of amateur boxing featuring some of the best and brightest from across north London.

Islington Boxing Club (IBC) will hold their first dinner show in more than two years at the Royal National Hotel in Russell Square next Friday, May 13.

There are expected to be up to 12 bouts on the night, with members from IBC, which is based in Upper Holloway, showcasing their ring skills under the chandeliers against a select north-west London squad.

“We’re all really excited,” said matchmaker and IBC committee member Reggie Hagland. “Because of the Covid pandemic we haven’t hosted a club show since November 2019, so we’re all really looking forward to what promises to be a great night of boxing.”

One young boxer set to miss the action is Dylan Gibson, who was crowned London Schools champion at the weekend after winning back-to-back bouts.

IBC juniors Thomas Stinson-Long and James O’Connor showcased their skills in the ring

The 13-year-old IBC junior, who lives in Camden Town, looked sharp as he sealed two stoppage victories at the Springwest Academy in Feltham.

Dylan proved too strong and too busy for Stonebridge ABC’s Sabir Hassan in the semi-final, with the referee waving off the contest in the second round.

In the final, the Islington boxer then faced Charlie Farrow from Newham ABC.

Dylan continued his dominance as the action was again halted in the second round after Farrow had received a standing eight-count.

Dylan is now expected to miss IBC’s big fight night as he will be busy preparing to meet Sam Ripley from Pinewood ABC a week on Saturday, May 14, in the national quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, two more Islington junior boxers competed in skills contests on the All Stars ABC open show on Friday, which was held in Harrow Road.

Competing at 32kg, James O’Connor took part in his first skills contest against Douglas Buckland from Camberley ABC. The talented 10-year-old is expected to step between the ropes again when he makes his competitive debut on the forthcoming IBC dinner show in Russell Square.

Teammate Thomas Stinson-Long, 11, also did well in what was his fourth skills contest, going up against All Stars ABC’s Melino Fakaha at 42kg.

• For dinner show tickets email Millie on islingtonboxingclub@hotmail.com or text 07500 828151.

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