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Boxing: Luke sets his sights on 2012 challenge.

Byline: By Matt Bozeat

COVENTRY teenager Luke Beasley aims to take the first step towards the London Olympics this weekend.

The 16 year-old from Cassidy Triumph ABC boxes in the final of the Junior Novice ABA championships in Class B at under-48kgs in Romford.

Beasley's opponent is Tom Carys (Knowsley Vale) and coach Dinesh Darbar said: "Luke's been training very hard and is ambitious. He says his target is the London Olympics in 2012 and the way he's been training, he looks determined to get there."

Clubmate Ben Fremantle missed out on a place in the final after a points defeat against Joe McBride from Redcar ABC.

There's plenty of topquality action in the Midlands final of the ABA Novice championships at the Standard Triumph club on Sunday (2.0pm).

Andy Baker from Cassidy Triumph ABC boxes Simon Bowater (Wodensborough) in Class B at under-64kgs and Chris Delaney targets a quarter-final place in Class A at under-60kgs. He takes on Hayden Sharpe from Kettering ABC.

The pick of the bouts could be between Red Corner ABC southpaw Joe Sheriff and unbeaten Jahmaine Smyle (Boxing Academy of Leicester).

Jordan Cooke, a rising star in the Cassidy Triumph ABC gym, claimed a good scalp in Birmingham.

According to coach Darbar he boxed "beautifully" to outpoint two times national champion Jacob Grattan (Hall Green) in front of his opponent's home crowd.

Connor Delaney made it a win double for the gym by outpointing S Hasseba (Hall Green) and Darbar was full of praise for debutant Jagbir Hayer. He was outpointed by A Ratcliffe (William Perry) and asked for a rematch straight after the decision was announced.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 21, 2008
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