Last-four frustration for Leonis trio

THREE Jersey Leonis boxers were defeated at the semi-final stage of their respective weight categories at the Haringey Box Cup last weekend.

Calli Bushell and Harry Bertram were both edged out 3-2 while Ricky Prior, who fought hard throughout against an opponent who has had 65 bouts compared to his 13, did not get a favourable result from any of the five judges.

Henrique Jesus was defeated 3-2 in his Senior B 81 kg quarter-final, a result Leonis head coach Tony Burt thought should have gone the other way.

Burt, who watched some of his boxers’ bouts on the internet, said: ‘Haringey have their own judges and I feel that they favour their own boxers or anyone from London.

‘We have to respect decisions, but I watched Harry’s defeat and in my opinion he should have won.

‘He was at the guy all the time, he didn’t let his opponent settle and he gets edged out 3-2.

‘It was similar for Calli [Bushell] in her semi-final, she too was edged out 3-2 by a French opponent in a bout all her team-mates thought she had won.

‘Ricky [Pryor] suffered a 5-0 defeat, but fair play to Ricky he fought hard right through to the final bell.

‘He took three standing counts, but full credit to him he was up against the number one boxer in Great Britain [Tomhill ABC’s Conner Kelsall] – a taller and leaner opponent who counter-punched well.

‘Boxing is all down to the judges at the end of the day and our boxers fought out of their skins.

‘The Box Cup is a big event with 350 taking part [across all the weight categories] and it’s a great experience for everyone and I’m sure our team will have learned from the experience.’

The Haringey Box Cup was held at the Alexandra Palace in Wood Green, London.

Bertram won his Senior B (64k) quarter final 3-2 against East London Boxing Academy’s Ben Pascal before losing by the same score in his semi to Fitzpatrick’s Boxing Gym’s Nick Leahy.

Henrique Jesus went down 3-2 in his Senior B (81k) quarter-final to Bad Boyz Boxing Gym’s Mikey Waldram.

Semi-final defeats were suffered by Bushell, 3-2 against Boxing Club Villeneuve Ablon’s Marine Camara, and Bertram, also 3-2, against Fitzpatrick’s Boxing Gym’s Nick Leahy.

Leonis are working on putting shows on in Jersey in October and November, with one possibly against a Scotland select team.

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