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Luqman strikes gold

PUBLISHED: 12:58 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

DALE YOUTH ABC 
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 28/02/2008.
TEL: 07831-396-923.

LUQMAN PATEL 15YRS.

DALE YOUTH ABC PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 28/02/2008. TEL: 07831-396-923. LUQMAN PATEL 15YRS.

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

DALE Youth Club teenager Luqman Patel roared to a gold medal success in style at the Great Britain Championships in Cardiff. Patel defeated Welsh opponent Adam Lovell in Sunday s under-42 kg final on the outscoring rule, having raced into a 15-0 lead earl

DALE Youth Club teenager Luqman Patel roared to a gold medal success in style at the Great Britain Championships in Cardiff.

Patel defeated Welsh opponent Adam Lovell in Sunday's under-42 kg final on the outscoring rule, having raced into a 15-0 lead early in the second round of three.

It was an impressive recovery from the 15-year-old boxer, who had struggled to get past Khazin Ghani of Wales 13-9 in his semi-final the previous day.

Patel, who won a Golden Gloves title in March, found himself pinned on the ropes by Ghani and failed to land the big shots, although he did enough to secure a place in the final.

"Luqman didn't do himself justice in the semi, he made basic mistakes and didn't perform as we'd expected," said trainer Steve Newland.

"But after a day's telling-off, he went in and showed everyone how good he really is, using his reach and height and bringing out every shot in the book.

"Some people watching said he reminded them of James DeGale - all I'll say is I hope that isn't our last gold medal of the summer!"

Dale Youth middleweight DeGale flies to China with the rest of the GB squad next week in search of Olympic glory.


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