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Seven go in search of ABA glory

PUBLISHED: 15:32 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 14:55 24 August 2010

DALE Youth ABC are confident of success when the senior ABA Championships get under way on Thursday night – despite lacking a contender for this year s middleweight crown. The Ladbroke Grove club enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the national middleweight tit

DALE Youth ABC are confident of success when the senior ABA Championships get under way on Thursday night - despite lacking a contender for this year's middleweight crown.

The Ladbroke Grove club enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the national middleweight title in recent years, with back-to-back double successes for both James DeGale and George Groves.

This year Dale Youth have no middleweight entered in the North West London divisional championships, but will field seven hopefuls across the other weight divisions at Hayes Working Men's Club.

Senior novices champion Mickey O'Rourke looks their best prospect of glory at featherweight, while experienced light-welterweight Tommy Tear faces stiff opposition from George Kean (Times) and Ryan Taylor (Haringey Police).

"Tommy's boxed Taylor three times and he's winning 2-1, but they've all been very hard fights," said Dale Youth secretary Ernie Harris. "It's a big division and there should be some spectacular bouts.

"We're hopeful Mickey will go a very long way and we're confident that within the next couple of years we'll have a few lads who are top of the shop again."

The Dale Youth contingent also includes Danny Rowe, who is in good form after dropping down to under-54 kg, and former kick-boxer Dion Jumah, who has recorded three stoppages from three bouts since joining Dale Youth earlier this season and goes in at heavyweight.

Seventeen-year-old flyweight Luqman Patel, who is back at the club after a spell with Repton, is set for his senior ABA debut, while John Brennan (under-67kg) and Hamir Sidiqzai (under-71kg) complete the line-up.

Tickets for the North West London championships are £15 on the door and boxing is due to get under way at 7pm, but spectators are advised to arrive between 6 and 6.30pm as space at the Pump Lane venue is limited.

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