Ruhel strikes a blow for the underdog with two stunning victories in the ring
17 November, 2017 — By Steve Barnett
Islington BC coach Zowie Campbell, Ashraf Sabir, Atalia Rezvan, coach Bob Anderson, club mascot Cianan Campbell and coach Chad Ouzman
JUNIOR boxer Ruhel Miah “turned a corner” in his fledgling career over the weekend when he powered his way to two first-round stoppages in the National Association of Boys and Girls Club Championships.
Miah, who is known by his club-mates at Islington Boxing Club as Bob, went into the tough competition having lost his previous three fights on split decisions.
Despite dropping down to Under-56kg, the 16-year-old, who lives in King’s Cross, proved that he still packs a punch on Saturday when he stopped Fairbairn ABC’s Maaz Mohamed at the end of the opening round at West Ham Boys ABC.
Miah was rewarded for his efforts with a showdown against former national junior champion Aaron Lawrence, who also fights out of Fairbairn ABC, in the final on Sunday. It was a bout that the Islington fighter wasn’t expected to win, against an opponent with 30 more bouts under his belt. Far from being fazed, however, Miah put in another impressive showing as he landed clean, solid blows on his experienced and older opponent.
Ruhel ‘Bob’ Miah with Colin McMillan
Towards the end of the first round the referee gave Lawrence a standing eight count, before waving the contest off and declaring Miah the London champion.
Islington Boxing Club manager Reggie Hagland said: “Bob put in two fantastic performances. He’s been boxing really well since he joined the club, but just hasn’t been getting the decisions.
“Hopefully he’ll now take the confidence that he gained over the weekend with him into the national finals at the end of the month and cause some more upsets.”
Competing in the Under-64kg division, club-mate Ewan Jenkins made a dream debut in Islington colours on Saturday, winning a close split-points decision against Kane Wilson-Stroud from Repton ABC in the London semi-finals.
And on Sunday, the 18-year-old student, who recently joined Islington from his home city of Bristol, followed Miah in conquering the capital by defeating Danny Davis from Danson ABC via a split decision.
As an added bonus Miah and Jenkins were both presented with their medals and certificates by former world featherweight champion Colin “Sweet C” McMillan.
There was a confusing moment over the weekend when Jiyan Oguz lost his Under-60kg semi-final on points – only to be handed a place in the final minutes later.
His opponent, Alireza Ghadiri from Repton ABC, was disqualified after wearing two hand wraps on one hand, meaning that Oguz went on to battle Jahid Munim from West Ham Boys ABC in Sunday’s final.
It proved a contest too far for Oguz as he struggled to get close to his taller opponent, going on to lose the fight on a unanimous decision.
Club-mates Dillon McDonagh, competing at Under-56kg, and Connor Daly, competing at Under-49kg, also both boxed well but lost their respective bouts against Bobby Frankham and Amo Singh, who both box for Repton ABC.
Meanwhile two more junior fighters from Islington Boxing Club stepped between the ropes at the Attleborough ABC Open Show on Saturday, which was held at the Connaught Hall in Norfolk.
Ashraf Sabir, 14, showed off his positive shot selection and slick movement in a testing skills test, while Atalia Rezvan, who is also 14, displayed good ringcraft despite losing via a unanimous decision against Charlie Collings from Progress ABC.