Glitzy night at club that packs a punch

Friday, 3rd January 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Islington Junior Boxers

Islington’s junior fighters show off their golden gloves at the boxing club’s awards night

BOXERS from one of the busiest amateur clubs in the country will be looking to pack a punch in 2020 and continue to build on the unprecedented success they have seen in recent years.

More than 250 members of Islington Boxing Club, past and present, gathered at the gym in Hazellville Road, Upper Holloway, just before Christmas to celebrate and honour all the boxers, volunteers and supporters who have helped make the club what it is.

In total 16 major awards were presented, including six new ones.

The most emotional was the Ron Hagland Memorial Trophy, dedicated to one of the founder members of the club, who died in 2018.

Lenny Hagland and Masood Abdullah

“I couldn’t think of anyone more suited than big Ron to have the best and biggest prize named after them. He was Mr IBC,” said grandson
Reggie, who helps run the club.

The award, which is given to the best overall club boxer of 2018/19, was presented to Masood Abdullah by Ron’s son Lenny.

Reflecting on the achievements of the trophy winner, Reggie added: “In only one season Masood won the National Development Championships, the National Elite Championships and Three Nations Champion at lightweight.]

“In two years, Masood boxed in 28 bouts, winning 24 of them. He represented London, boxed for the club in Germany and boxed for England twice. He has since decided to turn over and become a professional.”

Laura Weis and Danny Hoy

The glitzy celebration also saw the club’s junior boxers who have progressed from their infants/academy section to the main competitive squad presented with well-earned Credit Awards.

Another top prize saw Connor “Dollar” Daly unveiled as the club’s new team captain.

Reggie said: “We’re confident that Connor will thrive at the chance of being the skipper and leader of not only the senior boxers but also the juniors.”

There was another nod to Islington ABC’s rich history when George Bartlett, 14, was announced as the club’s best junior newcomer of 2018/19. He collected the Reg Topper Memorial Trophy – dedicated to another founding member who helped get the club up and running when it was originally formed in King’s Cross.

Meanwhile, the Courtney Fry Cup, presented to the best senior newcomer of 2018/19, was won by Laura Weis, who has gone on to become a National Development Champion during her time with Islington. She was presented her award by former club boxer and coach Danny Hoy.

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