Fighting fund night a welcome start to year

Friday, 11th February — By Anna Lamche

Gem Campbell holding belt left hand is Mick Doherty (chairman & manager of the grill)Lennie Hagland (r)

National Amateur Elite Champion Jem Campbell was among those to collect the cheque from Islington Sports Bar & Grill manager Mick Doherty

IT’S been a busy start to the year for Islington Boxing Club, which has seen the first shows of 2022 just as the club received £550 from a fundraiser.

A night at Islington Sports Bar & Grill raised £550 for the Hazellville Road club.

National Amateur Elite Champion Jem Campbell was among those to visit the sports bar to collect the giant cheque, along with Islington Boxing Club chief executive and coach Lenny Hagland.

Aron Sweeney with club teammate Joe Dalziel

The club said: “The donation is welcomed, and we thank all the regulars and donators to the night at the sports bar who contributed to the fundraiser.”

Meanwhile, the club had three boxers compete on the Cricklewood ABC open show at the end of January – the club’s first show of the year.

Islington Boxing Club’s Darragh Flynn, right, with Cricklewood’s Kalvin Corcoran

Eleven-year-old Darragh Flynn performed well against Cricklewod’s Kalvin Corcoran, while senior Aron Sweeney was up against Edwardo Mema, comfortably scoring the cleaner punches in all three rounds.

Aron was later awarded “best boxer of the night”.

Last on the bill was Joe Dalziel, who gave an impressive performance despite being given the call to box at 8am on the morning of the show, winning out against his opponent Eustace Meade after a decisive third round.

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