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Hooks title rubbed out after York Hall ruck

PUBLISHED: 17:44 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:54 24 August 2010

HOOKS ABC s first ever London title has been expunged from the record after organisers opted to scrap the capital s NACYP tournament. Andrew Smith thought he had become the Park Royal club s first London champion when he gained a majority decision against

HOOKS ABC's first ever London title has been expunged from the record after organisers opted to scrap the capital's NACYP tournament.

Andrew Smith thought he had become the Park Royal club's first London champion when he gained a majority decision against E Opborous of Northolt in the class A under-63kg final at York Hall on Saturday.

But two of Smith's clubmates never even got to the ring as crowd trouble midway through the programme meant the rest of the finals were abandoned.

Police are now investigating events at the Bethnal Green venue and the tournament organisers originally considered a proposal to stage the remaining bouts behind closed doors.

But they eventually declared on Monday that the London championships had been officially cancelled - and the region would not be represented at the national finals.

That means Hooks pair Paul Fanneran and Luke Robinson miss out on the chance of London titles, while Smith is denied the chance to box for a national championship.

A fourth Hooks boxer, Tommy McDonagh, lost out on a controversial decision in his class A under-50kg final against Jerry McDonagh (Lynn ABC) before the trouble erupted.

"I've got boys here who are really gutted about this," said Hooks trainer Steve Newland. "In my opinion they should just have pushed on with the rest of the championships behind closed doors later in the week."

THERE were mixed fortunes for Hooks boxers on the Fairbairn House show at East Ham Working Men's Club on Friday.

Michael McDonagh won a unanimous decision against the home club's J Singh, but Eddie McDonagh was unlucky to lose a majority verdict to a much bigger opponent, J Basi.

Hooks debutant Daniel O'Donnell impressed with a classy performance to take a unanimous decision against A Naseer from Coventry's Capital club at the Hanwell ABC show on Saturday.

In a women's bout, Annelie de Vries continued her improvement, but was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision against the home club's Kim Connolly.


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