Homerton fighter set for third professional bout

Lucien Reid

Lucien Reid - Credit: Archant

Homerton’s unbeaten super-bantamweight Lucien Reid fights for the third time as a professional on Thursday night when he faces David Leo at Grays Civic Hall.

Reid, who was a top amateur with West Ham ABC and won national junior novices and ABA elite titles before turning over, made his paid debut in May.

The 22-year-old started with a stoppage against Slovakia’s Elemir Rafael at the O2 Arena and followed that up in September with a points win over Samuel Escobar at the same venue.

Reid, who is trained by Peter Sims, is scheduled to meet Leo over four rounds on the Carl Greaves promotion in Grays.

Pedro ABC’s hard-punching Yefi Apamta gained a resounding victory against D Campbell (Brunel University) on a Putney and Roehampton BC show.

Apamta looked sharp from the off and a big right hook forced his opponent to take a standing eight count – followed by another, also in the opening round.

A left to the body, followed by a right to the head in the second round, put Campbell in trouble again and he took his third count before the referee halted the contest.

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Lion ABC’s Frankie Arnold was defeated in his NABGC semi-final against Joseph Butler (Moneyfields ABC) in Portsmouth.

Arnold lost the first two rounds of his Class B 50kg clash and, although he began to get on top in the final round, it was too late to swing the decision in his favour.

Dalston teenager Mark Kudurovitch was controversially denied victory in his comeback fight against Perry Ripley (Strood ABC) on Friday in Kent.

The 19-year-old, who was back in the ring for the first time in eight months, took the 60kg bout at just 24 hours’ notice against an older and more experienced opponent.

Kudurovitch, who boxes for Angel ABC, seemed to fall foul of the referee throughout the three two-minute rounds following some untidy close exchanges with Ripley.

Kudurovitch was issued with three public warnings for holding and dangerous use of the head – along with a penalty for seeking an explanation of the referee’s actions – and it was no surprise when a unanimous points decision went in the Strood man’s favour.

Kudurovitch’s trainer Colin Lake confirmed that he is hoping to arrange another bout for his young charge before Christmas.

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