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No fears for Tear in ABA success

PUBLISHED: 16:04 17 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:57 24 August 2010

TOMMY Tear defeated old rival Ryan Taylor to reach the London ABA finals for the first time on a good night for Dale Youth ABC. Tear lost out to the Haringey Police light-welterweight in the North West London division two years ago, but gained his revenge

TOMMY Tear defeated old rival Ryan Taylor to reach the London ABA finals for the first time on a good night for Dale Youth ABC.

Tear lost out to the Haringey Police light-welterweight in the North West London division two years ago, but gained his revenge on Thursday with a unanimous points win at Hayes Working Men's Club.

"Tommy's a hard trainer," said Dale Youth secretary Ernie Harris. "He seems to improve every year and now he's got his reward."

Tear will now line up at York Hall for the London finals this Saturday alongside three other Dale Youth boxers, who also claimed divisional titles at their respective weights.

Former kick-boxer Dion Jumah was the most impressive of those, stopping Mark McKiernan (Haringey Police) in their cruiserweight semi-final clash.

And Jumah was too hot for I Ghazanvi (Hanwell) to handle in the final, taking his record to five stoppages from five bouts after the referee ended the contest in the third round.

John Brennan gained a unanimous verdict at welterweight against Norris Thompson (Finchley), while light-middleweight Hamir Sidiqzai was also a unanimous winner against M Lothian (Hanwell).

The only disappointments for Dale Youth came when featherweight Mickey O'Rourke and bantamweight Danny Rowe were forced to pull out with shoulder and back injuries respectively.

Flyweight Luqman Patel also had to withdraw after it was discovered that he did not meet the age limit, and he will box instead at the North West London junior ABA championships tonight.

Dale Youth are taking six fighters to the Boxer Cup in Copenhagen this weekend - brothers John and Joe Teal, Shane Westlake, Will McDermott, Joe Escart and Reece Newcombe.

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