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Hooks ABC trio reign victorious in their latest bouts

PUBLISHED: 17:45 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 19:32 08 April 2016

Hooks ABC's Eddie Barrett (left) alongside coach Steve Newland (second left)

Hooks ABC's Eddie Barrett (left) alongside coach Steve Newland (second left)

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Hooks ABC's excellent year continued as three of their boxers reigned victorious at the weekend.

Eddie Barrett and Obi Egbunike both won their respective bouts, while Nathan Brown was given a walkover.

Egbunike was participating in the opening round of the North West London section of the English Elite National Championships.

The main supporting contest featured Barrett, the reigning national champion, and Dale Youth ABC’s JP O’Meara.

The pair are both highly rated and recognised as two of the country’s best youth boxers.

The fight was, as expected, an all-action affair, with three top-class rounds getting the crowd on the edge of their seats throughout – and Barrett’s sharper boxing and fast counters were the difference against the ever-pressing O’Meara via a split points decision.

Elsewhere, Egbunike, competing in the 75kg category, defeated Dale Youth’s Phil Maloney with a classy display.

The middleweight was first to the punch throughout the three-round contest, earning a split points decision.

He now boxes Hayes ABC’s Jimmy Smith in the North West London semi-finals at Hayes Working Men’s Club tonight (Thursday).

Brown was granted a walkover and thus crowned the North West London champion at the weekend.

The light-flyweight, who recently moved up to 52kg, will box in the London semi-finals.

Speaking to the Times Hooks coach Steve Newland gave his reaction on the victories.

He said: “The Elites/ABAS are the highest standard of boxing and are the world’s oldest amateur boxing championships (1881), so it was great to start them off in style.

“Obi will have to do it the hard way and win three times to secure the North West London title.

“Jim Smith is a tough opponent in the semi finals, but I believe Obi’s speed and timing will get him through that contest and into the final.”

He added: “I must say it was a pure pleasure to be lucky enough to be involved with a contest as good as the Barrett/O’Meara bout – it was fantastic.

“Eddie’s fast hands and JP’s total commitment made this an outstanding three rounds of quality boxing. One thing is for sure – they both have very bright futures in this sport.”

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