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Ilford boxer Wadi Camacho looks to start 2014 with title victory

Wadi Camacho (right) in action with Tony Conquest. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images Wadi Camacho (right) in action with Tony Conquest. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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Wadi Camacho gets his chance to launch his 2014 campaign with a title win when faces Stephen Simmons for the WBC international silver cruiserweight belt in Glasgow on March 1.

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The Scot, unbeaten in his nine pro fights, will have the support of his home fans at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, but Ilford’s ‘Macho-man’ knows victory will be a big boost for his fighting future.

Winning form

The 28-year-old Camacho returned to winning form in December, stopping John Anthony in three rounds after losing his British title eliminator to local rival Tony Conquest – one of two defeats in 13 fights

Camacho and Simmons swapped the predictable insults in their face-to-face meeting in Glasgow this week when both promised they will be in explosive form on the night.

“He can have all his fans cheering him on the night, it will just make me more determined. When I land my big punches he will go,” said the ever-confident Camacho.

The fight takes place in a Matchroom show, when Ricky Burns faces Terence Crawford in a WBO world lightweight title contest.

Heavyweight Anthony Joshua and unbeaten lightweight Martin Ward, both based at the Hainault gym of manager/trainer Tony Sims, are also named on the show.

Clayhall boxer Inder Singh Bassi launched his bid for a National Youth title at the Lion club on Friday night, with a win over his Gator clubmate Deniz Mehmet.

However, he faces a difficult title trail – after being the unlucky boxer of five entries in the welterweight draw – he must win a total of three contests to take the local North-East London Division title, while most boxers won on walkovers.

He opened against his less experienced clubmate Mehmet, and the Gator pair provided a lively contest with Bassi landing the more effective punches to move ahead in the quarter-final.

He took a unanimous decision, but with new rules restricting boxers to one bout on any day, had to wait until later this week before his semi-final meeting against rival Jake Gibson (West Ham).

The winner of that contest will be put to the test in the final by Repton’s Jimmy Smith, already a national schools and junior ABA title-holder.

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