Arnold impresses as Lion ABC win six out of six

Frankie Arnold

Frankie Arnold - Credit: Archant

Lion ABC’s Frankie Arnold maintained his undefeated record with a classy display to overcome an experienced fighter on the Hoxton club’s open show.

Arnold, the younger brother of former national schools champion Danny, was pitched in against Ryan Dacker (Chatteris), whose previous record comprised 24 bouts.

But the Dalston boy – unbeaten in four contests prior to Sunday’s show – dominated with his fast hand speed, catching Dacker with hooks to both head and body and slipping away from the counter-punches that came his way to clinch a unanimous decision.

Lion coach Steve Walters said: “We did not hesitate to put Arnold in with a more experienced boxer. This boy is a bit special.”

Arnold’s victory was part of a 100 per cent success rate for Lion, whose boxers recorded six wins out of six on a show that they staged jointly with Dagenham ABC.

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Kris Singh claimed his second victory over George Landers (Dagenham) in the space of a fortnight, landing the better scoring punches with his left jab to earn a majority decision in an often cagey encounter.

By contrast, Kerstin Brown’s bout against Tom Foreshaw (South Oxhey) was an all-action affair, with both boxers continually throwing punches, but it was the Lion fighter who took a majority verdict.

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Lion’s Michael McDonagh began the Hoxton club’s winning sequence, letting fly with a number of punches against Liam Clarke (Finchley) and backing his opponent up against the ropes to win a unanimous decision.

McDonagh’s brother John also gained a unanimous decision, finishing strongly in the final round of a competitive bout against Joe Payne (Waltham Forest).

And their cousin Paddy McDonagh rounded off a good day for the family – and the club – as he took a majority decision against Kiran S Beharie (Waltham Forest), recovering from a slow start to land a series of telling blows.

A seventh Lion boxer, Harry Robins, was also in action as he fought out a competitive skills contest against Max Bowyer (Repton ABC).

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