He’s a cut above: Dhliwayo wins ‘battle’

Points victory for St Pancras ABC prospect in bout voted fight of the night

Thursday, 12th May — By Steve Barnett

Jermaine Dhliwayo with CJ Hussein

St Pancras ABC star Jermaine Dhliwayo celebrates another win with coach CJ Hussein

LONDON boxing champion Jermaine Dhliwayo was lauded on Saturday after celebrating “a stunning success” on an old stomping ground.

The top St Pancras ABC prospect unanimously outpointed Kaileb Appleton from Fighters Republic Gym over three three-minute rounds at the Pitsford Sports Hall in Moulton, Northamptonshire.

The victory was especially sweet as it came on a show hosted by his former club, Northampton ABC. And boy did Dhliwayo deliver upon his return as he played his part in a bout that was later voted the fight of the night.

“What an entertaining fight it was. Both boxers went toe-to-toe throughout the entire contest,” purred Saints’ head coach CJ Hussein, who now trains Dhliwayo at the club’s Kentish Town-based gym.

“The bout wouldn’t have been out of place in the professional ranks. It was a proper battle and Jermaine was outstanding from start to finish.”

Saints duo Harrison Beeker, left, and Tommy Silver both tasted victory in west London

Dhliwayo, who boxes at around 63kg, hit our headlines back in February when he conquered the capital, winning the London Boxing Intermediate Championships.

Heaping praise on the 20-year-old, CJ added: “Jermaine isn’t afraid to put in the hard work in the gym – he trains well and he spars well.

“He has only been with us a short while, but his performances are getting better and better. He’s got lots of energy and he boxes with real intelligence.”

The Saints enjoyed a hat-trick of successes between the ropes in the last week with Harrison Beeker and Tommy Silver both picking up solid wins at the Barnhill Community Centre in Hayes on Thursday.

Competing at Under-61kg, Beeker earned his first victory in St Pancras colours with a split-decision win over London Brookshaw from Powerday Hooks ABC.

Silver, who was boxing at Under-63kg, also showcased his skills as he gained a unanimous victory over Jai Jai Gillingham, who was also representing Powerday Hooks ABC.

Meanwhile, CJ revealed that training for his young squad is really going to “heat up” this month with the experienced coach set to reignite his “hot boxing” classes at Fierce Grace Yoga Studio in Queen’s Crescent. Offering a 45-minute conditioning and cardio session in testing temperatures, the workouts will also be open to the public. They start at 4pm on Saturday, May 21 – book at www.fiercegrace.com/schedule/studio/north

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