06:58 Saturday 24 May 2014

Riley Smith, Callum Francis are set for tests in Romford


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Riley Smith will be back in action at a show in Romford on Friday after collecting a narrow win on a bill in Manchester.

The Haddenham & Ely boxer, who went on to lose in the England Junior Championships quarter-finals, saw off Irlam hitter Y Yoseph on a unanimous decision.

But clubmate Callum Francis will also look to bounce back at Romford after going down on a unanimous verdict to R Rickwood from Manchester’s Sandygate gym on the same tournament much to coach Mikr Sawyer’s dismay.

He said: “This boy had stopped five opponents and I can understand why from the way he came out throwing punches.

“We’ve told Callum not to just start swinging punches, but to throw straight rights and lefts, so when he comes in, you can catch him whereas all the other boy’s punches were landing on his arms.

“Callum was picking him off, so it was a terrible decision when it went against him and it wasn’t even a split decision.

“Even the OIC (official in charge) pulled the judges together and asked why they’d done that and Callum ended up getting the best boxer of the evening award.”

Smith and Francis will be joined in Romford by Jay Moore and Nathan Smith.

Moore will also be in action at a show in Harwich tonight as he looks to respond to a loss on his debut two weeks ago while Liam Goodjohn aims for revenge against home boxer John Wheatley in their rematch following his recent defeat in the Eastern Counties Senior Elite Championships.

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