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Bassi battles through to land London Junior ABA crown

PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 May 2013

Inder Singh Bassi took the Junior ABA London title in Feltham on Sunday

Inder Singh Bassi took the Junior ABA London title in Feltham on Sunday

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Clayhall boxer books place in national quarter-finals

Gator ABC boxer Inder Singh Bassi booked his place in the national quarter-finals after coming through two tough tests to take the Junior ABA London title in Feltham on Sunday.

The 16-year-old from Clayhall, whose record to date stands at 22 fights and 18 wins, came up against Epsom & Ewell hope Daniel Morley in his semi-final clash and earned a unanimous verdict to set up his final with Charlie Gamon from Eltham.

The Caterham High School pupil again managed to come out on top by a majority verdict of four judges to one, which secured his spot in the national quarter-finals against an opponent yet to be named.

And the Keith Markham-trained youngster was delighted to come through the tough tests and hopes he can repeat the success on May 11 in the national quarter-finals.

“I had never come up against them before and they were two strong opponents,” said Bassi.

“Both fights were tough though and I managed to come through them so I am thrilled. My only defeats in my career so far have come in the championships so I have confidence in my ability.

“I have been boxing for around four or five years now and my trainer has worked hard with me and hopefully I can come back in for the quarter-finals in two weeks and produce the goods again.”

Markham also reserved special praised for the youngster he coaches at the Hainault gym, but knows his passage to the title will be tough.

“Inder is a dedicated young lad who is a natural boxer and he has worked extremly hard to get to where he is at the moment. He shows a lot of flair and has only ever lost on the toughest stage,” said Markham.

“He certainly has the potential to go all the way, but there will be three strong opponents for him to get through.”

If Bassi could secure the national title he would follow closely in the footsteps of 13-year-old Martin Ward from Woodford Bridge who has already tasted National Schoolboy success in the under-52kg category.

Hainault youngster Jack Noakes was celebating after landing the Class Five under-52kg London title.

Former Dagenham and Newham member Noakes, now boxing for Debden, scored with the cleaner punches and effective counter attacks against Pat Corcoran (Hooks ABC).

And the 16-year-old earned the verdict on all five judges cards after a lively bout to book his place in the national quarter-finals at Feltham Community College on Saturday week (May 11).

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